Wouter Basson's application dismissed in PTA High Court

The court found Basson should first exhaust all internal HPCSA appeal remedies before approaching the courts.

South African former apartheid regime Chemical and Biological warfare expert, dubbed "Dr. death", Dr. Wouter Basson gives a press conference and a radio intervew, 13 September 2005. Picture:AFP

PRETORIA - Apartheid-era chemical warfare scientist Wouter Basson's application to have two health professions counsel disciplinary hearing chairmen recuse themselves has been dismissed.

Judgment was handed down in the High Court in Pretoria today where the doctor was directed to take the matter on appeal through the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) processes.

The council found Basson guilty of misconduct in 2013 for his role in an apartheid-era chemical warfare programme.

The High Court found Basson should first exhaust all internal HPCSA appeal remedies before approaching the courts.

Basson had argued that two hearing committee members were biased towards him because of their affiliation to medical associations which had called for him to be struck from the roll of medical practitioners.

The pair dismissed his recusal application a decision he asked the court to set aside.

The court found the correctness of the hearing committee's finding on the recusal application should first be considered by an appeal committee.

It added that Basson is under a duty to exhaust this remedy before initiating review proceedings in a court.