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JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Gauteng director of mental health Makgabo Manamela was testifying at the Esidimeni arbitration hearings on Monday.
Manamela was suspended earlier this year for her role in the Esidimeni tragedy in which 143 psychiatric patients died.
The patients were transferred after the health department terminated its contract with the Life Esidimeni group.
Last Monday, the judge refused to postpone Manamela's testimony, ordering her to take the witness stand.
The following day, she called in sick at the last minute.
Manamela was then ordered to appear again on Thursday or face an arrest warrant.