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Esidimeni: State’s bid to have psychologist's testimony nullified dismissed

Coralie Trotter arrived at her expert conclusion by leading a team of 19 psycho-analysts who spoke to 11 of the victims’ families.

Clinical psychologist Coralie Trotter testifies at the Life Esidimeni arbitration hearings. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has ruled against the state's application to have a clinical psychologist's testimony at the Life Esidimeni hearings considered inadmissible.

Coralie Trotter has been testifying since Friday.

She arrived at her expert conclusion by leading a team of 19 psycho-analysts who spoke to 11 of the victims’ families.

Over 140 mentally ill people died after being moved to ill-equipped NGOs by the Gauteng Health Department allegedly in a bid to cut costs.

Moseneke has made his decision on the State’s application to have Trotter’s evidence nullified.

“Your application is dismissed and we will now proceed.”

Before making his decision, Moseneke explained why he’s ruled against the State.

“We’ve heard direct evidence. We've had people come here and cry, scream and tell us what they experienced. We’ve heard evidence about the movements, about hurried, unprepared placement of patients. And we’ve heard evidence about their hunger, death and pain. Clinicians are told what we havealready been told.”

The hearings continue.

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(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)