National 24.11.2015 04:24 pm

Complainants status challenged in Noakes trial

FILE PICTURE: South African professor of sports science and leading expert in world athletics, Professor Tim Noakes. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Loanna Hoffmann).

FILE PICTURE: South African professor of sports science and leading expert in world athletics, Professor Tim Noakes. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Loanna Hoffmann).

Trial follows Noakes giving ‘improper advice’ to a mother on Twitter.

In what Tim Noakes yesterday described as the “nutrition trial of the century”, the complainant’s professional status has been challenged.

The trial, which is investigating the professional conduct of UCT’s Professor Emeritus, Tim Noakes, follows a complaint that was lodged with the Health Professional Council of South Africa (HPCSA) after the Banting diet advocator  disseminated advice on Twitter.

The advice, which was given in a tweet to a mother, advised her to wean her baby onto a low carb, high fat diet.

Claire Julsing-Strydom, a former president for the Association for Dietetics in SA, has had her status in the case challenged – with Meshak Mapolisa (HSPCA’s lawyer) being stopped on several occasions for leading Julsing-Strydom into “giving an expert opinion”.

Earlier in the day Julsing Strydom clarified that this is “not a personal attack” on Noakes.

Julsing-Strydom’s testimony is expected to continue.

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