The Gauteng ANC came out in defence of former health MEC after media reports alleged that she is not registered for a post-graduate course at the LSE.
The sister of a Life Esidimeni patient suffered a second blow when her niece died after collapsing on the day the hearings started.
The hearings, which are expected to take about three weeks, would allow the families of the deceased, the opportunity to seek clarity and justice.
Education, health and social development will take up the bulk of Gauteng’s R108.6-billion budget for the 2017-2018 financial year.
The party is expected to give its youth league leaders in the province a chance to explain their stance on the tragedy at the healthcare facility.