DA mulls options to force Qedani Mahlangu to pay a share of R159m arbitration award for victims

He said the act provided that a party that had been found liable in a civil claim‚ and had paid this claim in full‚ could act to recover from those who were also allegedly liable – the “joint wrongdoers” – to recover a contribution for their fair share of what had been paid.

“In this instance‚ the ‘joint wrongdoers’ include former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu‚ former Gauteng Head of Department for Health Dr Barney Selebano and former Chief Director Mental Health Dr Makgabo Manamela.

“Premier Makhura said in an oral reply to my questions on September 4 that he was still consulting with stakeholders and legal advisers in this matter‚ but it seems to me that he is not giving it the priority that it deserves.

“Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for woeful government conduct which led to the Esidimeni tragedy‚” Bloom asserted.

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