A medical certificate is being sought after the suspended director of mental health services in Gauteng, Dr Makgabo Manamela, failed to appear before the Life Esidimeni arbitration tribunal in Johannesburg on Tuesday.A warrant of arrest has also been ordered, which has been suspended till Thursday.Manamela called in sick, halting the testimony that she had started on Monday. She fell ill after Monday’s proceedings in which she contradicted herself on the witness stand while being grilled about the transfer of mentally ill patients from Life Esidimeni to nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) around Gauteng.Manamela was in charge of the project to transfer more than 100 mentally ill patients to some unlicensed NGOs in the province.The move resulted in the deaths of at least 143 patients.The tribunal‚ headed by retired deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke‚ heard that Manamela took ill on Monday evening."At first she thought she was just tired. They say joy comes in the morning. She tho...

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