Basson inquiry fair, court hears

2013-11-14 14:07
Wouter Basson (Picture: AFP)

Wouter Basson (Picture: AFP)

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

Pretoria - There was nothing unfair about a hearing into the professional conduct of Dr Wouter Basson, the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) said on Thursday.

"This is a fair hearing... There is no substance to the argument that it has been unfair and detrimental to Dr Wouter Basson," said Salie Joubert, for the HPCSA.

Joubert was presenting his closing arguments at the hearing.

Basson's defence team, led by Jaap Cilliers, had argued that the hearing had been delayed, to Basson's detriment, and that there had been an unfair administration of justice.

Joubert said this was incorrect.

"Dr Basson took more than 18 months before answering to the charges. The delays regarding these proceedings can be attributed to Basson."

Basson had also failed to raise the issue in previous proceedings and at the courts, he said.

"The issue is irrelevant and is brought at a stage when proceedings are about to end," said Joubert. The hearing began in 2007.

The charges against Basson arise from his involvement in the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare programme in the 1980s and early 1990s.


He is accused of acting unethically by being involved in the large-scale production of Mandrax, cocaine and tear gas, of weaponising tear gas, and of supplying it to Angola's Unita leader Jonas Savimbi.

He is also accused of acting unethically by providing disorientating substances for cross-border kidnappings and by making cyanide capsules available for distribution to operatives for use in committing suicide.

In 2002, Basson was acquitted by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria of criminal charges arising from his conduct.

The HPCSA reviewed the judgment to establish if there were grounds to continue with an inquiry against Basson.

The State appealed the high court's decision in the Supreme Court of Appeal, but the appeal was dismissed.

The State then went to the Constitutional Court to appeal the decision. This was also dismissed in September 2005.

Read more on:    hpcsa  |  wouter basson

Join the conversation! 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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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 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.