South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) said it is “deeply disturbed” by ANCYL Gauteng statements over psychiatric patient deaths in the province.
When Health Ombudsman authenticated that 94 mentally ill patients in Gauteng died after the Province’s Health Department negligently moved them from the licensed Life Esidimeni private homes to 27 unlicensed facilities, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) expressed that they are immensely saddened by the deaths.
Thus, the Fighters EFF called for criminal charges to be instituted against the Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, all the people involved in government, and concerned NGOs.
“The entire Gauteng ANC must hang their heads in shame for this massacre; they must step down if they genuinely mean the fact that they as government take full responsibility,” EFF charged.
EFF laid criminal charges against the provincial leaders on Thursday, and ANCYL Gauteng, led by its chairman Matome Chiloane, followed suit.
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that they laid murder charges at the Johannesburg central police station against the Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu who resigned before the Health Ombudsman report emerged.
Also, they demanded of Premier David Makhura to resign immediately.
Reacting, ANC rebuked ANCYL Gauteng saying their action was “atrocious, despicable and unbefitting” to members of the ANC and humanity at large.
“Death is a harrowing and painful experience, most especially in such distressing circumstances. No person should ever grand stand on anyone’s pain,” argued ANC.
During this difficult period, the party said, what’s ideal is for all structures of the party to focus their energies on supporting the bereaved families.
“…It is not the time for squabbling around leadership positions and unfortunate public displays of disunity. Our people expect the ANC and the government it leads to focus and unite around helping them heal and find eventual closure.
Where there are genuine issues of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng to be engaged with the leadership of the ANC in Gauteng, the ANC calls for the Youth League to raise these within acceptable organisational and societal norms. “
With the above, ANC charged the national ANC Youth League and the ANC in Gauteng to strongly reprimand ANCYL Gauteng for their “inhumane behavior.”
Thereafter, ANC urged the Gauteng Provincial Government to continue seeking to assuage the pain of the bereaved families
“We further call on the Provincial Government to speedily implement measures to give effect to the remedial actions called for in the Health Ombudman’s Report to ensure that this calamity never befalls our people again,” added ANC.