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Hungry for more: Tim Noakes hearing to be extended

The chairperson explained that due to unexpected delays, the hearing will have to be extended.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) is investigating a complaint against the Banting diet advocate, Tim Noakes, after he advised a mother via Twitter, to wean her baby onto a low carb/high fat diet. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The committee chairperson presiding over the professional conduct hearing of Banting Diet advocate Tim Noakes says the process is expected to go on for longer than planned.

Chairperson Joan Adams explained that due to unexpected delays, the hearing will have to be extended.

Noakes' conduct is in the spotlight after he advised a mother to wean her baby on a low-carb/high fat diet through a tweet, a move which has been criticised by some.

It's day four of the hearing and according to Adams, they're far from done.

Adams says it was inevitable that the hearing wouldn't be concluded this week, as was hoped, due to several adjournments.

But she adds no one is to blame as that is usually how these type of proceedings go.

During Wednesday's hearing there were a number of hiccups, with certain documents going missing and the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)'s expert witness, professor Esté Vorster, not being adequately prepared.

Both legal teams are currently wrapping up their cross-examination of Vorster.