TRC stops second trial for KZN doctors

2014-02-01 00:00

THE Health Professions Council of SA yesterday ruled against charges laid by AfriForum against KZN’s MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo and former Surgeon General Veejay Ramlakan, stating that testimonies made to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) cannot be used to substantiate charges that they had acted unethically as doctors.

Six doctors and AfriForum had laid charges against the two KZN doctors, saying they acted unethically as doctors when they had committed acts of terror as Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres, after the council had last month found Dr Wouter Basson guilty of unethical conduct for using his medical training to head up the South African defence force’s secret chemical and biological warfare project.

The council ruled in record time on the charges laid against Dhlomo and Ramlakan, stating that section 31 of the TRC Act guaranteed no prosecution based on testimonies made to the TRC.

Basson had never appeared in front of the TRC.

AfriForum will appeal the council’s ruling.

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