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Suspended Gauteng Health HOD to appear in court to fight Esidimeni subpoena

Barney Selebano is one of the key people that retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has identified as the most important to answer questions about the deaths of 143 mentally ill patients.

FILE: Dr Barney Selebano. Picture: health.gpg.gov.za

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Gauteng Health HOD Dr Barney Selebano is expected to appear in the High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning to fight against a subpoena served on him to testify at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings.

Selebano is one of the key people that retired deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke has identified as the most important to answer questions about the deaths of 143 mentally ill patients.

The patients were moved to ill-equipped NGOs after the health department terminated its contract with the life Esidimeni group.

Dr Selebano has an internal disciplinary hearing levelled against him at the Gauteng Health Department after being suspended for his role in the Esidimeni tragedy.

These are one of the reasons the suspended HOD doesn’t want to testify yet at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings, saying he doesn’t want it to affect the outcome of his disciplinary hearing.

Recently, the damning findings against him by the Health Ombudsman were upheld by retired Judge President Bernard Ngoepe, who was appointed by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi to head an independent ad box tribunal.

Meanwhile, at the hearing on Monday suspended head of mental health services doctor Makgabo Manamela said she believes she has been unfairly treated.

“I have witnessed a lot of biasness in these proceedings.”

The hearings resume on Wednesday morning.