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Health blow in Basson hearing

2012-09-25 15:39

Pretoria - Cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson's professional conduct hearing was postponed on Tuesday because presiding Judge Frikkie Eloff was ill.

The matter was being heard before the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) tribunal.

A witness in the case, former surgeon general of the defence force Neil Knobel, who was scheduled to be cross-examined on Tuesday, could also not make it as he had open heart surgery earlier this month.

Knobel gave evidence before the inquiry was postponed in March.

Chairperson of the inquiry, Professor Jannie Hugo, postponed the matter to December 6 and 7. Parties will hold a consultative meeting in October where the health of the two would be reviewed.

Earlier, Basson’s defence counsel Jaap Cilliers suggested the matter be deferred until March next year.

Hugo indicated that a replacement for Judge Eloff would have to be found, if he is not ready to take up the matter in December.

He said if a new adjudicator is brought on board, that person will be given time to become familiar with the long-running case.

Eloff was said to be suffering from pneumonia.

Basson faces four charges of unprofessional and unethical conduct.

The charges relate to his conduct as a medical doctor, when he headed the country's chemical and biological warfare research programme for the defence force in the 1980s and early 1990s during the apartheid era.

He is accused of acting unethically in the 1980s by co-operating in the large-scale production of Mandrax and cocaine, and for 'weaponising' teargas and supplying it to rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in the Angolan war.

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 suicide purposes.

Comments
  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-09-25 16:24

    If I were to suffer from a heart condition I would really like dr Wouter Basson next to my hospital bed. Leave him to do what he does well, that is to treat cardiac patients!

      Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-25 19:18

      I would rather have Dr.Moagi a cardiologist from Rustenburg than that man next to my bed.He might sedate my with a poison,I just dont trust him with my life.

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-09-25 16:24

    This is a waist of Taxpayers Money !!!

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-09-25 17:23

      While murderers and rapists are having a field day. Dr Basson acted under order of the government back in the day, I am pretty sure he is professional. I would entrust him with my life on the operating table any day and twice on a Sunday.

  • Chris - 2012-09-25 16:36

    He has already been found not guilty in a court of law! The HPCSA has over the years moved from a competent organization to being a politicized body that listens to the masters voice! Here they are again fulfilling a political agenda!

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-25 16:50

    He is innocent!! If he was guilty, then South Africa would not have being ruined by the likes of JZ and JM

  • ludwig.odendal - 2012-09-25 17:09

    HPCSA go to state hospitals and fix the real problems of today and stop pondering about the past!!!

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