'Basson believed the rules didn't apply to him'

HPCSA found Basson guilty of unprofessional conduct after a six year hearing.

Wouter Basson was found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the HPCSA on 18 December. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)'s chief witness in its case against Wouter Basson says decisions by the courts to acquit him don't change the fact that he behaved unethically and is not fit to practice as a doctor.

The cardiologist dubbed 'Doctor Death', weaponised mortars and manufactured substances to be used in combat and kidnapping missions and was involved in the establishment of a chemical weapons production facility.

Last week, the HPCSA found the apartheid-era chemical warfare expert guilty of unprofessional conduct after a six year hearing.

American professor Steven Miles, who was the main witness for the prosecution, says he first read about what Basson had done before coming face-to-face with him during his council hearing.

Miles says Basson is confident he did no wrong.

"I think he is a very dedicated man in the sense that he felt that the rules simply didn't apply to him."

He says that doctors who help governments harm people, tend to be careerists who agree with the ideology of the regime they are working for.

Basson will be sentenced in February.