Selebano's lawyer: Esidimeni Arbitration should be called commission of inquiry

Suspended Gauteng Health Head of Department Dr Barney Selebano is waiting to find out whether he has to appear at the Life Esidimeni Arbitration.

Selebano made an application at the High Court in Johannesburg to have a subpoena against him dismissed.

He is one of three people involved in the Esidimeni project, who has been implicated in the deaths 143 mentally ill patients.

According to EWN reporter Masego Rahlaga, Selebano's lawyer has been arguing that the judge should declare that the Esidimeni hearing an inquiry rather than an arbitration.

The reason he says this is not an arbitration is because government has already taken responsibility for the deaths of the mentally ill people, meaning there is no dispute.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

He says it shouldn't be an arbitration hearing, but rather be called a commission of inquiry. He says his client has already answered questions from the Health Ombudsman and he doesn't understand the relevance of his clients appearing at this hearing.

Masego Rahlaga, EWN reporter

To hear more of EWN's Masego Rahlaga's report on Life Esidimeni, listen below:


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