Gauteng ANC deputy chair Panyaza Lesufi has acknowledged the backlash over former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu being re-elected into the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC). Controversy continues to swirl around the re-election of Mahlangu — who resigned as health MEC after the Life Esidimeni scandal — and Brian Hlongwa‚ who has been implicated in a Special Investigation Unit probe of fraud and corruption to the value of R1.2bn while he was Gauteng health MEC. In an interview on Monday night, Talk Radio 702’s Karima Brown asked Lesufi: "How seriously‚ Mr Lesufi‚ can we take this ANC PEC on corruption when these two members have been re-elected?" Lesufi said it was not as if the party had not acted against Mahlangu. "Is comrade Qedani still an MEC? No. Is comrade Qedani still a member of the provincial working committee of the ANC? No. Did the ANC-led government act on the recommendation of the [health] ombudsman? Yes. Did they institute a hearing so that family members can ha...

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