Unlucky 13 for Wouter Basson

2013-12-18 20:49
Dr Wouter Basson (File, Sapa)

Dr Wouter Basson (File, Sapa)

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Pretoria -  Wouter Basson’s long fight to prove to the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) that he did not breach medical ethics when he manufactured and provided poisonous substances to apartheid security forces, has come to an end.

He was found guilty on Wednesday of unprofessional conduct after a case which took 13 years.

Buyiswa Mjamba-Matshoba, the HPCSA registrar, said this case had been the most difficult and exhausting that had been brought to it, City Press reported.

She told the newspaper that it took them 13 years to prove that he had breached medical ethics. Adding that she was happy justice had been served.

Basson, dubbed "Dr Death",  now risks losing his licence to practise as a doctor in South Africa or anywhere in the world. He could also be fined a hefty sum when he appears for sentencing on 20 February next year.

In March last year Basson took to the stand and testified that he was not guilty of unprofessional conduct and was merely following orders from his superiors when he manufactured and provided harmful substances for the purpose of using them on “enemies of the state”.

He presented nine arguments during his defence, saying at the time that the alleged unprofessional conduct happened within the context of a specific war and conflict situation and that he acted as a soldier and not a doctor.

However, the HPCSA tribunal said it was of the opinion that if a doctor decided to use his medical knowledge and skills for actions contrary to medical ethics, then he should de-register from the council.

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