Basson costing taxpayer R15m


The South African taxpayer has spent R15-million on Wouter Basson’s disciplinary hearing at the Health Professions Council of SA.

And this does not take into account this year’s legal wrangle involving Basson, 65, a practising cardiologist – the costs of the criminal trial brought against him or his appearance before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Basson was found guilty of unethical conduct as a doctor by the council in 2013 and now needs to hear whether he will lose his licence to practice medicine.

Basson headed the apartheid government’s chemical weapons programme, Project Coast. He designed chemicals to incapacitate people so they could be kidnapped, designed cyanide pills for soldiers to commit suicide and looked at ways of making black women infertile by testing drugs on chimpanzees.

The Department of Defence confirmed it was paying for Basson’s defence because he was an employee when he headed Project Coast from 1981 to 1993.

-Katharine Child

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