Noakes hearing gets underway
Cape Town - The hearing into the professional conduct of Professor Tim Noakes resumes today (Monday, February 8).
At the Belmont Conference Centre in Rondebosch, the hearing's chairwoman Advocate Joan Adams has arrived, and lawyers are taking their places on each side of the conference room.
Noakes is facing a charge of unprofessional conduct after he advised the mother of a young baby on Twitter to wean her child on a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet (LCHF).
When the mother, Pippa Leenstra asked Noakes on Twitter last year what foods to wean her baby on, the UCT emeritus professor responded: “Baby doesn’t eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very healthy high-fat breast milk. Key is to ween (sic) into a LCHF.”
The response prompted the then-president of the Association of Dietetics SA, Claire Julsing-Strydom to lodge a complaint with the Health Professions Council of SA.
Oddly, a large basket of muffins is sitting along side the tea and coffee which greets the spectators and journalists attending the hearing.
The hearing begins at 10am on Monday. It runs until February 17.IOL