Another health official tries to avoid Esidimeni hearing

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Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

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Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

Johannesburg, 27 October 2016 - Families of psychiatric patients at the Life Esidimeni home in Randfontein say they've been left in the dark about the whereabouts of their relatives.

JOHANNESBURG - The former head of the Gauteng health department, Barney Tiego Selebano, is going to the South Gauteng High Court on Wednesday to try avoid facing the Esidimeni hearings.

He wants the court to set aside a subpoena instructing him to testify at the arbitration hearings into the deaths of psychiatric patients transferred from the Life Esidimeni facility to NGOs.

Selebano was suspended in February for gross misconduct and incompetence.

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He unsuccessfully challenged his suspension and the health ombudsman&39;s report on the deaths.

The ombudsman recommended that Selebano be suspended and investigated for negligence and gross incompetence after more than 140 mentally ill patients from Esidimeni died after the Gauteng Health Department moved them to unregistered NGOs.