Closing arguments begin in 'Dr Death' case

HPCSA want to strike Basson off the roll for allegedly weaponising mortars with teargas.

The families of Wouter Basson’s victims want him struck off the medical practitioners’ roll. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - The advocate for the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has dismissed claims by Wouter Basson that the significant delay between his alleged infractions and his hearing has prejudiced him.

Closing arguments in Basson's professional misconduct hearing have started in Pretoria.

The HPCSA want to strike Basson off the roll for allegedly weaponising mortars with teargas and providing cyanide capsules to the Defence Force during apartheid.

Advocate Salie Joubert says Basson was not charged with misconduct earlier because his activities were highly secretive.

"Nobody knew about it. Nobody could have known about it. The fact that transgressions came to the floor in 1998 when there had been a Truth and Reconciliation Commission does not reflect that there had been a delay of these proceedings."

Several relatives of Umkhonto we Sizwe operatives and struggle activists who went missing during the apartheid years are sitting in on today's proceedings.

They believe Basson had a hand in the disappearance of their relatives.

One man said, "I came today because my son is gone. Basson killed him when he was a young man."

Another said, "My brother was killed in 1987. They said it was a bombing."