HPCSA slams Wouter Basson’s allegations of bias

Last year Basson was found guilty of misconduct for his role in the apartheid-era chemical warfare programme.

FILE: Dr Wouter Basson. Picture: AFP

PRETORIA - The Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) has hit back at Wouter Basson's allegations of bias, saying he had no basis to interdict the disciplinary committee from continuing with sentencing procedures against him.

The details are contained in answering affidavits submitted in the High Court in Pretoria, where the cardiologist may today apply to have the committee chairmen recuse themselves.

Last year, the HPCSA found Basson guilty of misconduct for his role in an apartheid-era chemical warfare programme.

Basson alleges that disciplinary committee chair Jannie Hugo is biased because the medical association of which Hugo is a member submitted a petition calling for him to be struck off the roll.

The HPCSA argues that in order for Basson to support the allegation he would have to produce information that proves Hugo shares the same view as the medical association.

The council adds that Hugo did not take part in any petition-related activities.

Basson's attorney says their client will consider whether to launch an application for recusal today.