HPCSA's Basson hearing to continue

2013-07-16 08:50

Johannesburg - The Health Professions Council of SA hearing into the conduct of apartheid-era chemical warfare expert Wouter Basson is scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

The council ruled on Monday that evidence presented by Basson during his criminal trial would not be used in the hearing investigating his alleged unethical behaviour.

The charges arise from Basson's 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 teargas, of weaponising teargas, 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 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 decision of the high court in the Supreme Court of Appeal, but the appeal was dismissed.

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

  • Deiza Malope - 2013-07-16 09:09


      Gerrit Goosen - 2013-07-16 09:28

      Totaly agreed, if you werent jailed after 20 years what is the chances now. Dr Basson is anyway innocent, he worked under instructions from the previous government.

      Johan van Heerden - 2013-07-16 09:46

      How many times more must this man be found NOT Guilty - Before the ANC Government accepts that he is NOT GUILTY????

      Hector1331 - 2013-07-16 12:04

      Can they at least dedicate the same amount of resources and money to prosecute Zuma and Malema.

  • Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2013-07-16 09:32

    The good doctor is working as a heart surgeon in a Cape Town hospital, savings the lives of South africans of all races every day. Just let him continue with his good work, FFS!

      Gerrit Goosen - 2013-07-16 09:35

      Thank you for that Stefan I was wondering if he is still working somewhere.

  • Willem le Roux - 2013-07-16 10:03

    Hi is trained to kill not to safe lifes.

      John Block - 2013-07-16 12:47

      Please shut up. You bloody moron.

  • Banele Jay Jay - 2013-07-16 10:05

    "The system is being payed to come up with scriptures to protect government's injuries" - Adv George Bizos If the state is willing to drop one man's 783 counts of fraud & nag other with the only charge put against him, then the advocate was right about this stateent & he should've aligned it straight to South African govrnance of today. I mean, Basson was just taking orders & pursuing 'em like Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma did when refusing Dalai Lama a visa, like Jeff Hadebe droping every single charge set for Zuma, like Defence Minister immigrating the Guptas into the country, like Max always supressing Terror Lekota by kicking him out of parliament, like Nxesi going against the National Key Points Act to build Zuma a mansion worth like ten times as much the budget set per official in that Act, like Mathale's resignation, like the SABC on Malema & like most of public servants does. Let the directives of that particular era be held responsible & not the duty fullfilling employee. Cane the justice system of South Africa finally learn the meaning of the word "justice".

      Jean Bence - 2013-07-16 14:26

      Banele the justice system has on all three occasions (High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court) pronounced in this mans innocence. If that is not justice then I dont know what is. The HPSCA is a regulatory body and is completely seperate from the justice system. The people behind this witch hunt has lost on all previous attempts. This is the only option available to them. And they will lose again. If the highest courts of this country has found in his favour any decision in contrast to the courts will be a complete laughing stock.

  • Kobus Kemp - 2013-07-16 10:38


  • Al Loots - 2013-07-16 11:12

    Will they thus attempt to persecute every doctor that wore a uniform back then. After all they did work for the apartheid regime and was somehow involved with so called ''war crimes''. What was the purpose again of the TRC then? Blatant witch hunt.

  • Andrew M - 2013-07-16 11:25

    More tax payer money being spent in a cavalier way.

  • Jean Bence - 2013-07-16 14:17

    High Court action dismissed...Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed...Constitutional Court appeal dismissed. Am I missing something. The highest courts have dismissed all charges but the HPSCA presses on. Bunch of arrogant pricks. They will be chasing this man until he dies and you know what...they will lose every single time.

  • Khanyisa Crazyslammer Fihlani - 2013-07-16 14:42

    they are just grasping at straws or trying to prove a point.I wish they use the same conviction in the arms deal probe and Malema corruption cases.ethical charges my left crippled foot nxa

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