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Noakes hearing: A day of adjournments, delays & missing papers

Proceedings have been affected by unforeseen adjournments and delays due to missing documents.

FILE: Banting diet advocate Tim Noakes (R). Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An expert witness in the

hearing into the professional conduct of Professor Tim Noakes has dismissed the

testimony of two defence witnesses.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa is investigating a complaint from the former president

of the Association of Dietetics over a tweet in which Noakes advised a mother

to wean her child on a low carb/high fat diet.

Today's proceedings have been affected by unforeseen adjournments and delays due to missing documents.

Retired professor Esté Vorster was asked

to comment on the testimony of dietitian Caryn Zinn and Canadian professor

Stephen Cunnane.

Vorster said although Zinn was qualified

in sports nutrition for children, her research was not relevant to this case,

which primarily relates to breastfeeding mothers and the low carb/high fat

diet.

Vorster also testified Cunanne's primary

field of expertise was brain research and irrelevant to this case.

During cross examination, Noakes's legal

team disputed whether or not Vorster was qualified to testify as an expert on

matters related to the doctor/patient relationship, social media and the Banting diet.

#TimNoakes The banters have brought their snacks again today. MM pic.twitter.com/0scCOGEWcn

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

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