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Wouter Basson Photo: Archive
Wouter Basson Photo: Archive
Wouter Basson Photo: Archive

Medical professionals' statutory body, the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), is gearing up to launch fresh disciplinary action against apartheid era chemical warfare specialist Dr Wouter Basson.

The HPCSA confirmed its intentions on Wednesday, amid a social media storm that private hospital group Mediclinic found itself caught in, after members of the public asked why Basson, also known as "Doctor Death" was practicing as a cardiologist at its Panorama and Durbanville facilities in Cape Town. 

Basson was found guilty on four counts of unprofessional and unethical conduct as a medical doctor between 1981 and 1992, when he was the head of the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare programme, Project Coast, where he oversaw the production of psychoactive drugs and weapons.

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