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She said it was difficult for doctors to say when an inmate was at a terminal stage, because they were expected to answer why the released person had not died.
“It’s not in our hands when the person is going to die,” she said.
Mapisa-Nqakula was introducing the members of the new medical parole advisory board in Pretoria.
The 10-member panel, to be chaired by Dr Victor Ramathesele, will independently review all applications for medical parole.
The new board will come into effect on March 1.