Basson's legal team to challenge petition

Section 27 brought forward a petition calling for Wouter Basson to be barred from practicing.

FILE: Section 27 brought forward a petition signed by 230 professors calling for him to be barred from practicing. Picture:AFP

PRETORIA - Apartheid-era chemical weapons expert Wouter Basson's legal team is expected to challenge the admissibility of a petition signed by medical professionals, calling for him to be barred from practicing.

Sentencing proceedings started on Wednesday, nearly a year after the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) found him guilty of unprofessional conduct.

The cardiologist was involved in the establishment of a chemical weapons production facility during apartheid.

Rights organisation, Section 27, has submitted a petition signed by 230 professors and doctors who are heads of medical faculties and organisations around the country.

But the admissibility of this petition is expected to be under discussion when the organisation's Mark Haywood is cross-examined today.

The signatories state Basson showed no remorse or acknowledgement for his offences, and that he continues to justify his conduct.

The HPCSA's advocate Sallie Joubert says Basson should be removed from the register of practitioners because his conduct was disgraceful.