Proceedings at Life Esidimeni Inquest delayed once again

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Proceedings of the Life Esidimeni Inquest have once again been delayed as some legal parties seek another postponement.

The inquest sitting in the Pretoria High Court was postponed over a week ago to allow legal parties who have just joined, time to consult with clients.

Some parties have argued they are still not ready to proceed due to the large paperwork regarding the matter.

Advocate Russel Sibara, who represents the former mental health director at the Gauteng Department of Health, has also argued that his client has been prejudiced by her former legal representatives and wants to further consult.

Dr Makgabo Manamela is one of the persons of interest in the inquest which is set to determine whether anyone can be held criminally liable for the deaths of the mental health patients.

“We are representing someone of great interest, I only had a week, seven days if not eight to digest whatever evidence. I managed to peruse, which is over a thousand pages and make notes because we can’t make copies. This matter is huge. I peruse making notes as well as run to the transcript of proceedings.”