Wouter Basson, legal team walk out of sentencing

2015-01-19 14:05

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Apartheid-era chemical welfare expert Dr Wouter Basson and his legal team walked out of his Health Professions Council of South Africa sentencing proceedings today, threatening to approach the high court over the alleged conduct of the chairperson of the hearing.

“From the evidence we have it is clear you are a member of one of the organisations that petitioned for the removal of Dr Basson from the medical practitioners’ roll,” said Basson’s lawyer Jaap Cilliers.

“We request that we be excused from the proceedings so that we can approach the high court to force you to provide us with further information regarding the issue at hand.”

Cilliers earlier said the defence had information that chairperson of the hearing, Professor Jannie Hugo, signed a petition calling for the removal of Basson from medical practitioners’ roll.

Hugo was a member of an organisation that circulated the petition, he said.

Cilliers did not state the name of the organisation.

After a few minutes’ break, Hugo ruled that the matter would continue and that the defence could submit an application to the hearing regarding the matter.

Cilliers said the defence would approach the high court with evidence of their allegations, and ask the court to rule on the status of the hearing.

“We are going to approach the high court this morning to force you to provide this hearing with the necessary information. We have evidence that you supported the initiative to have Basson removed from the roll.”

Cilliers, Basson and the rest of the legal team left.

Hugo proceeded with the hearing.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.