As the Gauteng ANC elective conference ended, controversy has mounted over former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu being elected into the party's PEC. Picture: Bhekikhaya Mabaso

Johannesburg - As the Gauteng ANC elective conference ended, controversy has mounted over disgraced former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu being elected into the party's provincial executive committee (PEC). 

Another addition that raised eyebrows was that of Brian Hlongwa, who was also elected to be part of the PEC. 

ANC Gauteng held its elective conference at the weekend which saw the election of new leaders. Gauteng Premier David Makhura was elected unopposed as the chairperson, MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi was elected as deputy chairperson, former Joburg mayor Parks Tau was appointed as treasurer, Jacob Khawe as provincial secretary with Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko as his deputy. 

Mahlangu and Hlongwa controversies 

Mahlangu resigned as the political head of the Gauteng health following the Life Esidimeni tragedy which resulted in the deaths of 144 patients after they were removed from Life Esidimeni to unlicensed NGOs. 
 
The former MEC has been largely blamed for the deaths as she had signed off on the removal of patients' as part of "cost cutting measures" the department was undertaking.  

The ANC has been largely criticised for not holding her accountable and allowing her to continue with party duties. 

Mahlangu denied responsibly for the tragedy when she testified at the Esidimeni hearings earlier this year. She insisted that her subordinates were in charge of the project. 

Brian Hlongwa's controversies have resurfaced after he was implicated in a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) report that uncovered corrupt and fraudulent dealings worth R1.2 billion while he was the MEC for health in Gauteng.  

The corrupt dealing happened between 2006 and 2009. The report by the SIU was concluded and its findings were handed to former president Jacob Zuma, but nothing was done. 

Hlogwa has denied any of the allegations levelled against him. 

The DA has since opened a cases against Hlongwa and ANC under the Prevention of Organised Crimes Act. The party alleges that the ANC received R870 000 from the Gauteng health department when it was headed by the Hlongwa .