“I know that we may not bring them back but for what is worth, I am really, really sorry,” former Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu told the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings on Monday. Under Mahlangu’s watch, at least 143 mentally ill patients died when they were moved from Life Esidimeni facilities into unlicensed and ill-equipped nongovernmental organisations (NGOs). Mahlangu has only recently returned to SA from the UK‚ where she is studying. “I am deeply sorry for your loss. And may their souls rest in peace‚” she told the hearing.

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