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.
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.
WATCH LIVE: Esidimeni: Clinical psychologist continues testimony
#LifeEsidimeni the state says it objects to Trotter’s testimony and wants Moseneke to make a ruling on whether her evidence is admissible. MR— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 13, 2017
#LifeEsidimeni The arbitration hearings continue. Clinical psychologist Caroline Trotter still being cross-examined by state lawyer, Tebogo Hutamo. MR— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 13, 2017
#LifeEsidimeni Hutamo is disputing Trotter’s findings because 1. Her team spoke to 11 of 55 families and 2. She wasn’t present during the sessions with these families. MR— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) November 13, 2017
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)