Wouter Basson's discharge bid fails

2012-01-27 11:42

Johannesburg - Cardiologist Wouter Basson's bid for a discharge on four charges of unprofessional and unethical conduct has failed.

A professional conduct committee of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) on Friday granted Basson a discharge on two of the charges and part of a third charge against him, but ruled that the hearing on four remaining charges should continue later this year.

The committee's chairperson Professor Jannie Hugo said it could not be said that there was no evidence on which a reasonable man could convict Basson.

He said Basson's application for a discharge appeared to be based on inconsistencies between two expert witnesses who testified for the pro forma complainant and concessions by one of them, Dr Solomon Benatar, who exonerated Basson.

"We do not think that's an adequate basis for a discharge.

"It is inappropriate to consider preferences between witnesses at this stage," he said.

Medical ethics

An American medical ethics expert, Professor Steven Miles, earlier testified during the hearing that he was of the view that Basson had breached medical ethics while he headed the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare programme in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The charges, two of which Basson pleaded not guilty to in 2007, centre around his conduct as a medical doctor when he co-ordinated and participated in chemical and biological warfare research for the defence force, known as Project Coast.

The charges are based on evidence in Basson's criminal trial in which he was acquitted on charges ranging from murder to drug dealing and fraud more than nine years ago.

The charges remaining against him include that he had participated in the large scale manufacturing of drugs, such as Mandrax and ecstasy, as well as tear gasses.

Some of the tear gasses were put in mortars and supplied to rebel leader Jonas Savimbi in Angola.

It is also alleged that Basson had acted unethically by supplying incapacitating agents for over-the-border kidnapping operations and by supplying operatives with cyanide capsules for suicide purposes.

Basson maintained he had acted as a soldier and not a medical doctor and that his actions had been aimed at creating a defensive capability against chemical and biological warfare.

The hearing will continue on March 27.

Basson's attorney Wynanda Coetzee, said she was "satisfied" with the ruling but had not yet decided if Basson would testify.

  • David - 2012-01-27 11:51

    Who was using all the mandrax and ecstacy manufactured by Basson?

      Dane - 2012-01-27 12:10

      rumour has it that the cape flats and other such areas were flooded with mandrax to quell rebellion in coloured communities. In recent times 'tik' has substituted 'buttons' as the cape drug of choice.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 12:12

      The ANC.

      RobertKeeling - 2012-01-27 12:30

      At Dane - don't speculate. Rumour has it - you can't convict a man on rumours. So if you can't produce facts rather say nothing instead of makinga fool of yourself.

      proafrikaans - 2012-01-27 13:16

      Here's how it works: If you murder innocent civilians, including 8 blacks in the Church Street bombing, in a cowardly bomb attack, but are a member of the ANC, you get rewarded with a high position - take Robert McBride, or Aboobaker Ismael, both cowardly, murdering, terrorist scum. Ismael got a senior post in the Reserve Bank and that utter a...shole and piece of fat excrement McBride became Chief of Metro Police. If, however, like Wouter Basson, you took pest control measures to exterminate the abovementioned scum, you will be persecuted to the ends of the earth. Viva Azanian banana-republic "justice".

      Dane - 2012-01-27 13:49

      @robbie, some research brought me to "Published in Monograph No 48, From urban street gangs to criminal empires: The changing face of gangs in the Western Cape, June 2000". Here you will find the close relationship between the apartheid forces and cape flats gangs where kingpins were used to distribute drugs and eliminate UDF members. Truth always prevails, dos'nt it?

  • jaz82 - 2012-01-27 11:54

    shame...tough luck

      John - 2012-01-27 12:25

      Small battle won by the idiots sitting on that stupid committee! Wouter will, as usual, come out guns blazing in his hearing and flatten these fools for good!

  • Grimmister - 2012-01-27 11:55

    Good news to start the weekend with.

  • bernpm - 2012-01-27 11:56

    Some ten years ago, the man was acquitted in a criminal court. Now we have the endless story about his ethical behaviour by a clutch of medical guys who seemingly have nothing else to do then working a professional colleague out of the way. I wonder if these guys are getting paid for this job and keeping it going for pocket money on the side.

      jansteyn78 - 2012-01-27 12:10

      Yes they are paid a fee per day. And this organisation is the very same organisation that now cannot fathom pressing charges against a BOGUS neurosurgeon...

      Marc - 2012-01-27 12:32

      Quite right you are! And if they were hellbent on their ethics, why have they allowed him to practise, or remain on the roll of medical practitioners, for more than 10 years? Nothing but a witch hunt driven by the ANC!

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 12:17

      so, having escaped a criminal conviction perhaps on the grounds that it was a war situation, do you honestly want him to escape the ethical considerations to which basson subscribes as a proffessional doctor simply because the ANC is in power and basson is white? it does not mean anything to be black, or white for that matter. the hypocrytical oath knows no color

  • Shirley - 2012-01-27 12:01

    How about going after the people who instructed him to work on these projects?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-27 12:52

      PW is dead

  • Jan - 2012-01-27 12:10

    People are talking with much praise of this man as a doctor. Why the witch hunt that will not change the past?

      Citroes - 2012-01-27 13:51

      A friend of mine is a patient of his, and she speaks very highly of him. Apparently he is an amazing doctor. Cardiologist I think?

      Leon - 2012-01-27 19:25

      I was one of those service men who fought and seeing the state of the country presently; I wish I could have fought harder. Dr. Basson, I know that as a soldier you did your duty to the best of your abilities. If my abilities were in the medical field; I would have gladly stood right beside you.

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 12:25

      it is possible that he can change anytime to his old habit of manufucturing drugs to injure people if he does not pay for his past misdeeds because he will be of the mistaken view that one can get away with murder, which in the normal course of life, one can't. let him face the music and hope that all other transgressors will eventually be brought to book. no special favours here

  • Jymiro - 2012-01-27 12:11

    Br Basson was acquiited by the court of law of the same charges that he charged with now by the HPCSA. Operation Coast was a defence force operation and he was following those instruction as a Soldier, if you want someone to blamego for De Klerk and the former Minister of Defence. They must leave Basson to practice we actually need his skills because many of our doctors have migrated.

      George - 2012-01-27 12:22

      He followed orders in their unethical nature. So he is fit to be a soldier but not fit to be a doctor because as a doctor you have to consider ethical responsibility above everything. He can't be on the doctor's system because he will bend the ethics or do something immoral if instructed to do so.

      George - 2012-01-27 12:27

      Jymiro, yes he was acquitted because he was merely following orders. I applaud him for that and he makes a perfect soldier but as a doctor you do not follow orders. You do what is morally and ethically acceptable even if it means disregarding a direct order from the highest office in the country. Get that?

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 12:31

      @Mpaketsane24 , this is probably the biggest load of cr@p I've ever heard. Wipe your chin with toilet paper.

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 12:42

      "as a doctor you do not follow orders" BUHA HA HA HA!!!

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 12:30

      armies everywhere have doctors but their primary purpose is to save life, not injure people. he should have refused to follow orders which were not in tandem with his proffession.i am curious to know the type of people who support basson.why then don't you support donovan moodley?

  • Jou - 2012-01-27 12:15

    The ANC government are going to go after him with everything in their power. It's the start of another oppressive regime. Once they have all the former Apartheid foot soldiers incarcerated they'll be satisfied. Africans can't help being vindictive and bitter at whites because it's easier to blame others for ones own weaknesses and shortcomings than to take ownership and move forward to meet other challenges head on. Dwelling on the past is much easier and less physically taxing for the dimwitted ones.

      Jymiro - 2012-01-27 12:26

      Joumaseperd lets mix things here. I think your statement is exagerating the point. I don't think this about revenge. Remember they have all the rights of trying people who committed crime especially if they have not come to the TRC. Basson chose not to go the the TRC and went to court. He was exonerated and now deserve to be left alone and practice medicine.

      bernpm - 2012-01-27 12:42

      @Jymiro: in going to the TRC he would have: (1) confess to being guilty (2)lost his defence of "being a soldier in war" and (3) would have to open up on "military secrets". Going to court was his best option at the time.

      Jou - 2012-01-27 13:01

      You can fool some of the people some of the time...

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 12:37

      which africans are you referring to this time? so you guys choose when it suits you to be african or european? your sentiment stinks of race and you show openly that you are not african just because basson is white pack uor bags and leave africans alone

  • Henk - 2012-01-27 12:23

    enigste rede waarvoor hulle hom op sy gat behoort te skop is vir die feit dat hy die goed nie op die de klerks en bothas getoets het nie!

      Jou - 2012-01-27 12:31


      Ken - 2012-01-27 22:34

      Ek stem saam.

  • Leonard - 2012-01-27 12:32

    The HPCSA wants to take on Wouter Basson but cannot even guarantee the credentials of the doctors registered with them killing people now!!!!!!!!!!!

  • shandukane.moshatana - 2012-01-27 12:33

    Basson's Drugs were used By DA No wonder Why Zille Is always high

      Johann - 2012-03-27 07:14

      Mashandu your comment is a mirror picture of yourself realy don't need any more comment you are actually not worth it

  • Vince.York - 2012-01-27 13:05

    And just to think that a zuma gets off 783 charges including criminal with some giggles and seemingly non-existent tape recordings that OSTENSIBLY IMPLIED something contrary to what that individual and team desired and a single individual taking away the onus of JUSTICE to make pronouncement instead (probably completely wrong as neing more frequently borne out these days), rather than follow and apply all the law - but here this individual appears to have a fixated persecution applied to him by all legal beagles that can scrape some monies out of our coffers. APPLY YOUR MINDS, and if Mandela and that creep that placed bombs in Magoos, McBride can be allowed off scott free for PROVEN WAR MURDERS, then surely common sense should apply here as well, distasteful as it might be. There is DEFINITELY now an agenda to arrive at a single outcome in this long drawn out 'become' farcical parody of justice. All hearsay, rumours, and murky nuances, with undertones of squealings for retribution against no-one truly knows WHO? Has this simply become misguided VICTIMISATION now? Some common sense and common law please someone.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-01-27 14:18

      ignorance is bliss - i guess that's also rhetoric. what vince says is true so where is your reasoning there? i wait you seem biased just like the elite of our country.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-27 14:26


  • Schalk - 2012-01-27 13:28

    Basson must just let this draw out a bit more. He is 62 now and can probably afford to retire comfortably if he can stick it out for another 3 years or so. What a waste of taxpayer money this HPCSA is.

      Albert - 2012-01-27 13:54

      Alles om die weerlig af te lei.Hoeveel mense het Basson nou eintlik vermoor?

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 12:42

      he can safely retire a villain, schalk

  • Stephen - 2012-01-27 14:53

    Some big monied,white big wig should set Wouter Basson up in a Research Facility with the aim of ridding the world of the pestilence that is politically correct liberals and their 'white guilt'. One day the likes of this man will be called upon to save the white race from being overwhelmed by the mud masses and these lower than pond scum,barstad liberals will then look to them as the hero's and saviours in cleaning up the monumental worldwide mess that they themselves,the liberals, have caused.

  • Anton Oosthuizen - 2012-01-27 15:07

    they will probably replace him with some Cuban or nigerian with no knowledge and that can hardly speak English no afrikaans or other south African language

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-27 15:36

      That will be better

      Hotkop - 2012-01-27 18:07

      WHY Paul? Please tell me why it will be better.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-27 18:39

      Do I owe you? No

  • Joseph - 2012-01-27 19:46

    I think Wouter should be nominated president then we can get rid of the de klerks, for he listened to those idiotes. and they will always just run away, as they have in the past.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-27 19:57

      He will have his day soon, hy is in die sop

  • Henri James Christie - 2012-01-28 08:28

    Yes moron, that is known as civil war. Just the situation SA needs to solve its problems. Dumb twit

      Henri James Christie - 2012-01-28 08:29

      Directed at rasepalo

      Mfudzi - 2012-01-28 12:58

      we cant have civil war with you white guys. here you call yourselves white and others african. how can you have civil war in a foreign country?thank tata nelson mandela for ensuring your safety

  • Johann - 2012-03-27 07:00

    Mfudisi Wamambo you as you and your sort when they can't carry and argument to its conclusion ,pack your bags and leave. Very well just imagine that realy happen , oh how glad you will be,the evil umlungu have left and then ,the economy that the white man drove down no more food the amabunu gone the tax base of this country sliced by eighty percent .no more vote no more say no services no food no medicine no more education no more nothing ,where are you going to seek a better future for you and your kids , i supose at those same evil umlungus .You and your ilk sicken me because you and your kind keep racism alive.

  • Chris Noko - 2013-03-08 15:04

    Lets have peace please. History is self correcting we will see in the next 5-10 years change is always painful so i am really not suprised by the beef between the races. Lets let the commission decide speculation will not help the situation. Aluta continua

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