Basson case set to proceed – again…

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: Courts |

A few months ago, I posted an update on the ongoing legal wrangle between the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and apartheid-era biological warfare specialist Dr Wouter Basson. (Read post here)

Basson is still a practicing cardiologist in South Africa, and for a number of years the Council has been attempting to carry out an inquiry into his conduct while working with the National Defence Force under the apartheid government. Basson has made repeated legal applications to block the inquiry from proceeding.

In May, a High Court ruling in favour of the HPCSA appeared to pave the way for the inquiry to go forward. Basson’s legal team then appealed this ruling, but a SAPA report today indicates that Judge Eberhard Bertelsmann has dismissed the application with costs.

According to SAPA, “Basson is now left with two options — he can accept the judgement and deal with the HPCSA internal disciplinary process, or approach the Supreme Court of Appeal.” (Read the full article here)


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