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Documents go missing in Tim Noakes hearing

The third day of the professor’s professional conduct hearing has gotten off to a rocky start.

The HPCSA is investigating a complaint against the Banting diet advocate Tim Noakes (right). Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The third day of the professional conduct hearing of professor Tim Noakes got off to a rocky start with certain documents going missing.

Expert witness professor Esté Vorster is being cross-examined today.

The retired nutritionist is the second witness to give evidence.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is investigating a complaint lodged against Noakes after he advised a mother on Twitter to wean her baby onto a low-carb/high fat diet.

The hearing has had to be halted several times this morning.

It's day 3 of the #TimNoakes hearing. Professor Esté Vorster will be cross-examined today. @MoniqueMortlock pic.twitter.com/bjQbgh43Z3

#TimNoakes The venue is considerably emptier than yesterday when Noakes' followers took up most of the seats. MM pic.twitter.com/QIMcdiTD1B

Committee chairperson Joan Adams says three documents have gone missing.

She's has asked that no one come near her table with the exception of the legal teams and has lambasted the HPCSA's lawyer Meshack Mapholisa for failing to adequately prepare his expert witness.

Vorster hadn't read the CV of the defence's expert witness dietitian Caryn Zinn, which led to another adjournment as copies of the CV needed to be copied.

Adams says the numerous delays could needlessly drag out the process.