Basson 'prejudiced' by HPCSA

Wouter Basson's defence advocate says his client can't be judged on what happened under apartheid.

Wouter Basson is being tried for professional misconduct by the council for weaponising mortars with teargas and providing cyanide capsules to the Defence Force.

PRETORIA - Wouter Basson's defence advocate has argued that his client has been prejudiced in his Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) hearing because the matter is being heard 20 years after his conduct came to light.

Basson is being tried for professional misconduct by the council for weaponising mortars with teargas and providing cyanide capsules to the Defence Force.

The HPCSA argued that the lapse in time is irrelevant as even war criminals are brought to book long after their illegal conduct.

But advocate Jaap Cilliers has adopted a relativist stance in his argument, saying Basson must be judged against the backdrop of the prevailing climate at the time.

"You cannot at this stage, some 30 years late,r evaluate the conduct of Dr Basson in a vacuum. You must try if possible to evaluate his conduct by having regard to the prevailing circumstances of the time."

Meanwhile, families of Basson's victims say he has shown no remorse for his actions.