In late 2013, the Health Professions Council of South Africa-HPCSA found Dr. Wouter Basson guilty of unprofessional conduct. The charges stemmed from Basson’s time as head of Apartheid South Africa’s chemical and biological weapons program, a program implicated in kidnappings, poisonings, and murders.
Very little attention has been paid to a different aspect of the program, anti-fertility research. The testimony from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission founds a reasonable basis to believe that scientists, like Daan Goosen, at the program and their principals were engaged in a conspiracy to commit genocide. A conspiracy to surreptitiously deliver anti-fertility drugs to black South Africans with the intention of curtailing birth rates.
Interview with Wouter Basson twin brother of Hitler’s Joseph Mengele
On a warm autumn day in Cape Town but inside Dr. Wouter Basson’s consulting rooms it is chilly. Colorful pictures adorn the walls of his rooms in Durbanville, Cape Town.
Basson has a pleasant smile and a surprisingly loose handshake. His desk is covered with patients’ files. His phone suddenly interrupts the niceties and he speaks for about a minute. Basson gets off the phone.
Is he really the monster that the media has made him out to be?
“No. I am not a monster. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. Yes, there is this perception out there, but it is all lies,” he says, giggling.
Basson, the son of a policeman, was born in Cape Town. The family left Mother City when his father was transferred to Pretoria.
“I never wanted to leave Cape Town, I went kicking and screaming. Children have to do what their parents tell them to do. Nevertheless, I had a happy childhood.”Yes, Basson looked very satisfied with his achievements.
After high school, Basson studied medicine at the University of Pretoria. He wanted to specialize in gynecology. But that dream faded fast.
He went to the army in 1975. His father arranged a job as a cardiac specialist at its Military Hospital. Afterward, he went to study in London, and thereafter he became involved in the then government’s biological warfare program. Basson was in charge of research and development.
In May 2000, Johan Theron, a former information officer of the Apartheid government’s Special Forces, confessed in a packed courtroom how he was involved in the deaths of more than 200 anti-apartheid political prisoners between 1979 and 1987.
Theron said; “He was following orders given to him by his superior, Basson.”
According to Crimelibrary.com, Theron claimed Basson told him to tie up three prisoners to a tree overnight and smear their bodies with jelly-like lethal toxins. The primary aim was to test the toxic agent to see if it was capable of causing death. But the men did not die as easily as he expected.
He also claimed Basson readily supplied him with the lethal drugs, which he used on most of his victims. And it was Theron’s testimony that was a critical part of Basson’s trial for alleged human rights abuses.
He was implicated not only in supplying the drugs used to kill anti-apartheid political prisoners, but also in administering them himself.
News reports have said that Basson was thought to have been involved in about 24 “death flights” between 1979 and 1987. These were where prisoners, most of them Swapo guerrillas captured during the war in Namibia, were loaded onto a plane, given paralyzing drugs, and then tossed out of the aircraft thousands of feet above the chilly Atlantic Ocean off the Namibian coast.
In October 1999, Basson was put on trial for the attempted murder of three men thrown from a plane, as described by Theron. He also faced 63 more charges including murder, fraud, embezzlement, drug possession, and trafficking.
And so Basson became known as “Doctor Death”, a name given to him by the Sunday Times and one still used by the media today, even after the court found him not guilty.
“It is so stupid. It does irritate me a lot, but it doesn’t bother me that much. I have asked them to stop and they refused. I could take action against them, but I hate court procedures. The trial was a very stressful time for me and my family.”
“I exercised a lot during that time; I think I was more fit than all the prosecutors put together. But I still maintain that I never did anything that was unethical. It was not unethical under the then government. There is no proof. A competent judge gave his verdict. Why can’t people accept that?”
Basson describes the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) hearings as “strange and unbalanced. The TRC was a one-sided situation.
There was never any kind of debate. How can we move forward without engaging with each other? There were many witnesses, but we never got to cross-examine those witnesses. But during my court case, we did get that opportunity, and they fell apart, every one of them.
The media is such a powerful institution. They made me out to be some weird monster. We live in such troubled times and people love this so they can get their minds off their own problems.”
Yes, if we don’t know Basson so well scientifically you might feel sorry for him. But we know how the United States of America protected Nazi war criminals as they protected Wouter Basson. It’s all in the game the black world has to be depopulated if it isn’t with Aids and Ebola, it is with vaccination or pills against black fertility.
In 2006 it emerged that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) was still paying Basson about R50 000 a month, despite suspending him from his job. At the time the SANDF refused to comment. But Basson explains exactly what had happened and why he was still getting paid for doing nothing.
According to Basson; “It was June 1999, just months before the general elections. The SANDF, I think it was actually the ANC, decided to suspend me. They just wanted to make a political statement at that time.
I even signed a contract that stated that I would be suspended with pay. Yes, I am still getting paid, for doing sweet nothing. ‘Who am I to argue? What would you do?’ he asked. “Would you say: ‘No thank you, I don’t want the money? I don’t think you would.
The day after the court case concluded, I went straight back to the Military Hospital, ready and able to work again. I thought the suspension had now been lifted. It had not.
I went there every day for a month, then once a week, then once a month. Nothing happened. But just the other day, I was told that it is now finally being sorted out. I am hopeful.”
Basson has been practicing privately as a cardiologist from his rooms in Durbanville for two years and has helped more than 4 000 patients in that time.
He also has patients at three hospitals in both Cape Town and Pretoria and worked together with Professor Chris Barnard who I met during my appointment at the Erasmus Univerity Rotterdam. Famous Barnard was involved in the first human cardiac transplantation in the world.
“What’s in a name?” In fact, Basson was like my colleague because I developed several new cardiac transplantation techniques at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Maastricht University in The Netherlands.
Statement of Basson; “I do not believe that I am one of the best cardiologists in the country, but I am great. I would love to work for the defense force again because I think I am the best that they will ever have. And I think I can make a valuable contribution to the operation.” As a scientist and experimental microsurgeon I am ashamed of having such a colleague but who cares?
Bassons’ Project Coast
Earlier in 2007, complaints were lodged with the Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) about Basson’s role in Project Coast, a top-secret program that included attempts to develop bacteria capable of killing black people or make them infertile.
The complaints were lodged by Professor Lesley London of the Health and Human Rights Project at the University of Cape Town and Dr. Ralph Mgijima, a former superintendent in the Gauteng health department.
Basson replied; “Medicine is my life and I intend to keep practicing. I will defend myself. They (the HPCSA) have set down two weeks in June for the hearings. We’ll see what happens.” Yes, Basson is a guy to feel sorry for wasn’t it there were some scientific references who say the opposite…
A South African scientist who worked under Basson’s guidance has told the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that the Apartheid government considered trying to develop a bacteria which would kill only blacks.
The former head of a military research laboratory, Daan Goosen, told the commission that the project had the backing of South Africa’s then Surgeon General, who described it as “the most important project in the country.”
Although the substance was never developed, Mr. Goosen said that an unknown European scientist claimed to have developed a strain of bacteria in the early 1980s capable of killing pigmented people. “It could have been used as a negotiation back-up,” Mr. Goosen told the Commission. “A thing like this could have been used to maintain peace. It was a case of being the strongest.”He added.
Plans to travel to Europe for a meeting were abandoned because of fears that it could be a trap, but the witness said South African scientists continued their own work on the project, and also looked into methods of making blacks selectively infertile.
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