Apartheid doctor facing sex abuse trial

2012-10-02 11:28

Johannesburg - A pre-trial hearing starts in Canada on Wednesday to determine the mental competence of the former head of psychiatry at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, Dr Aubrey Levin, who faces 10 charges of sexually abusing male patients.

The former South African psychiatrist headed a controversial programme at the hospital during the apartheid years, designed to "cure" gay soldiers with shock therapy, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

The charges against him had all been brought by former patients - mostly jailed prisoners, for whom he provided psychiatric counselling on behalf of the Canadian government.

According to the Calgary Herald, Levin's legal team initially told judge Donna Shelley he was too sick to be tried for at least another three months. She rejected the plea, saying there was no indication Levin's health would have improved in that time.

Levin's lawyers said he was mentally incompetent to stand trial, but the State intended calling witnesses to prove the contrary. If found to be mentally competent, his trial would start on Monday.

The hearing was being held in camera, out of concern that South African journalists, in particular, would ignore any publication ban.

The first charge against Levin was laid by a 36-year-old patient two years ago, after which he was struck off the roll in Canada.

  • kelly.dini - 2012-10-02 11:37

    Give HIM shock therapy!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-02 11:47

      I wonder what will come out here...?

      george.outremer - 2012-10-02 12:42

      Gotta love the colourful use of the word: 'Apartheid' in the title of this article! Still deciding relevance or what this means. Is this to differentiate the old from the new, or maybe a racist doctor? Help me to understand this News24?

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-02 18:15

      He did the same here in at 1 Mil as head of psychiatry - shocking the crap out of 18 year old gay conscripts, and performing other experiments. This was very much part of the apartheid government's agenda.

  • wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-10-02 11:44

    Why does apartheid always have to play a role...

      tannie.marie - 2012-10-02 12:28

      Even more, why do Apartheid sins only apply to white people?

      leon.puth - 2012-10-02 12:29

      i think the reference to his role in apartheid is more about him being tasked with curing gays, then turning out to be gay, than it is about the politics

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-10-02 12:30

      WTF are you apologizing for this creep?

      JManAtheoi - 2012-10-02 12:34

      Criminal? I think he worked as a doctor trying to "cure" homosexuals....kinda like the churches are still doing today.

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-02 11:52

    Lock him up, throw away the key. (If he is guilty)

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-02 11:53

    Another citizen taking the wrap for the former nazi gov commanders

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-02 13:14

      truth hurts boneheads.

      rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-02 17:58

      .you obviously never attended any history classes. Do you actually know what you saying. Hitler killed 12 million people. Under apartheid, over a period of 46 years 7000 black people were killed by security forces. (and please... this is not NP propaganda but the TRC's findings) Ignorance......eish. brainwash, indoctrinated, fed with propaganda, lied to........ eish

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-02 18:16

      errr if you did not figure it out - he was one of the commanders.

  • juannepierre - 2012-10-02 12:00

    This is where true homophobia lies, in men with an oppressed homosexual appetite.

      Tania du Plessis - 2012-10-02 12:35

      En daar slaat jy die spyker op die kop!

  • niki.wessels - 2012-10-02 12:05

    Don't know what this has to do with apartheid, unless it was official policy in Canada where and when he allegedly committed the crimes in the service of that country's government.

      matshidiso.rantai - 2012-10-02 12:20

      The article says he used to head a controvecial programme used to cure homosexual inmates during apartheid, is now shocking Canadian inmates. Im just shocked to see there were bad people during apartheid #sarcastic#.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-10-02 12:20

    Apartheid doctor? Lol heish your headlines sometimes news24 make me laugh.. Coudnt you guys have come up with a batter headline???

  • sharron.forsyth - 2012-10-02 12:23

    Must go read some books to see how giving a gay man shock therapy relates to apartheid.

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-10-02 13:16

      ordered by his masters in government. wakey wakey

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-02 18:17

      actually it was ordered him him himself. He was an evil f&*k

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-10-02 12:26

    hang the bastard

  • GregGow1234 - 2012-10-02 12:39

    This guy is a knob

  • corrie.botha.7 - 2012-10-02 12:43

    And for the record may that JUST a DOCTOR pay for his crimes it is sick to have people like that walking the streets....

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-10-02 14:09

    Apartheid or not this imbecile physically mangled people's bodies and left them maimed for life. He should be locked away for life this ghastly wretch!!

  • rocky.bell.927 - 2012-10-02 18:10

    ..he was in actual fact an anc docter........... he fought the anc ... then he must be an anc docter.

  • phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-02 18:22

    I you want to know more about this evil bastard and what he did to South Africans in the 70's and 80's, read this: For those who do not get the apartheid reference, here is a snippet: Army psychiatrists aided by chaplains aggressively ferreted out suspected homosexuals from the armed forces, sending them discretely to military psychiatric units, chiefly ward 22 of 1 Military Hospital at Voortrekkerhoogte, near Pretoria. Those who could not be 'cured' with drugs, aversion shock therapy, hormone treatment, and other radical 'psychiatric' means were chemically castrated or given sex-change operations.

      phoenix.px.5 - 2012-10-02 18:25

      So by the way, this is exactly what Hitler and the Nazis also did to gay people. During that period, gay people were identified by wearing a pink triangle. This is why the pink triangle has such a prominent position in gay culture in modern times.

      JPNEETH - 2012-10-18 00:01

      I was there and he molested many of us. The sick BASTARD !!! He ruined our lives !! I want to give evidence against him and get him charged here too !! HELP !!

  • carlos.deabreu.338 - 2012-10-05 11:15

    Ha ha A anti-homo treating a homo and then becoming one, must have been a contagious disease back in its time. Amazing how karma works.

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