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.
This Tim Noakes case is going to make things awkward for a lot of doctors.
— Andingo Misswakho (@Sinesipho_) November 24, 2015
This whole Tim Noakes thing is ridiculous, but it raises super interesting points about social media and healthcare responsibility
— TGrauvonstein (@GreyEngineer) November 24, 2015
Tim Noakes took his #banting abiiiiiiit too far, didnt he ?
— My Surname is Khan™ (@ejaz_k) November 24, 2015