Johannesburg - The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has demanded that controversial ANC members, Brian Hlongwa and Qedani Mahlangu, be removed as Gauteng ANC PEC officials. The organisation is also demanding that the two be jailed.
Hundreds of TAC and Corruption Watch members marched to Gauteng Legislature on Tuesday. They demanded to be addressed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura. 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.
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 dealings 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.