Basson 'acted as soldier'
Former surgeon general Dr Niel Knobel insisted on Thursday that Dr Wouter Basson acted as a soldier when he headed South Africa's chemical and biological warfare programme in the 1980s. Knobel concluded his evidence before the Health Professions Council of SA in a hearing on the ethical conduct of the Cape Town cardiologist. Basson is accused of acting unethically by being involved in the large-scale production of Mandrax, cocaine and teargas, weaponising teargas and supplying it to Unita leader Jonas Savimbi.
In contrast, Knobel said Basson was a soldier and not a doctor when he headed the chemical and biological warfare programme. Knobel disagreed with Miles's view that once one was a doctor, one remained a doctor, and that Basson had made use of his medical knowledge and skills when he headed the programme.
Knobel said on Thursday there had been a real threat of Cubans, Russians and Angolans using chemical and biological substances against South Africa in the form of bombs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He said it would have been impossible to get a chemical and biological warfare programme off the ground without the input of medical doctors, which was why most of the people involved in the programme were in the medical field.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The New Age Online