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Selebano to take the hot seat at Esidimeni hearings today

Dr Barney Selebano is expected to face tough questions as he takes the hot seat.

Dr Barney Selebano seen at the Johannesburg High Court on 29 November 2017. Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – It’s crunch time for the suspended Gauteng Health HOD Dr Barney Selebano.

He's to testify at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Selebano's legal bid to have a subpoena which had been issued to force him to give evidence was set aside in the South Gauteng High Court on Monday.

He played a key role in the Esidimeni project, in which over 1,700 mentally ill patients were transferred to ill-equipped NGOs, allegedly to save costs.

At least 143 of them died.

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The families of psychiatric patients who died are expected to arrive in large numbers at the arbitration hearings in Parktown, Johannesburg.

After having his application dismissed on Monday, Selebano was also ordered by Judge Daniel Berger to pay the costs.

He was suspended from his position in February for gross misconduct and incompetence.

His conduct has been reported to the Health Profession's Council as recommended by Health Ombudsman professor Malegapuru Makgoba in his damning report.

Added to this, Selebano is also facing a disciplinary hearing by his employer, the Gauteng Health Department.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)