High court dismisses apartheid era doctor‚ Wouter Basson’s request

DEFENSIVE: Wouter Basson
DEFENSIVE: Wouter Basson

An application by the controversial apartheid era doctor‚ Wouter Basson‚ to have two Health Professional Council of South Africa members recused from the committee deciding his sentence for unethical conduct was on Friday dismissed buy the Gauteng North High Court in Pretoria.

Basson‚ dubbed “Doctor Death“‚ was the head of the apartheid government’s chemical and biological warfare programme‚ Project Coast. He was found guilty of unethical conduct by the Health Professional Council in December 2013.

His sentencing hearing started in 2014‚ but was interrupted by his application calling for the council’s chairperson‚ Jannie Hugo‚ and another committee member‚ Eddie Mhlanga‚ to be recused from the case.

Basson claimed that Hugo and Mhlanga were not objective in their handling of his case.

The court ruled that Basson had to exhaust the Health Profession Council’s appeals procedures to challenge its decisions.

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