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  • Written by  Irvine Makunya, The New Age - www.thenewage.co.za
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Wouter Basson in for shock

Wouter “Doctor Death” Basson, 63, is in for a shock on Thursday as 10 mothers claiming their sons were injected and killed by his alleged lethal products plan a major confrontation.

“We have 10 mothers whose son’s were injected with the poison. We will be confronting him because he constantly argues that he did not directly cause anyone’s death. He says that he only manufactured the substance,” Dr Marjorie Jobson, director for the apartheid victims of human rights support group, Khulumani, said.

Wouter “Doctor Death” Basson, 63, is in for a shock on Thursday as 10 mothers claiming their sons were injected and killed by his alleged lethal products plan a major confrontation.

This will be the first time Basson meets face-to-face with the relatives of victims of the alleged chemical warfare unleashed during apartheid, an impeccable source said on Wednesday.

Closing arguments into Basson’s professional conduct will be heard today at the Health Professions Council of South Africa in Cape Town.

“We have 10 mothers whose son’s were injected with the poison. We will be confronting him because he constantly argues that he did not directly cause anyone’s death. He says that he only manufactured the substance,” Dr Marjorie Jobson, director for the apartheid victims of human rights support group, Khulumani, said.

Council spokesperson Betha Peters-Scheepers said the inquiry was open to the public and the women were free to join the proceedings.

But she said she was “worried” about the confrontation as it had not been brought to her attention.

Basson faces charges arising from his involvement in the apartheid government’s chemical and biological warfare programme, Project Coast, in the 1980s and early 1990s.

The 10 women wanted Basson to be made accountable for the deaths of their children.

A plot to have extra mass-murder charges added to Basson’s inquiry have also reached an advanced stage.

“We are waiting for tomorrow’s outcome. We want him charged for his cross-border activities,” Jobson said.

The surviving victims said they wanted Basson to be banned from operating his private practice in KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town.

He was suspended from his government position with pay in 1999, but continues to take home close to R1.7m of tax payers’ money annually.

Basson stands accused of manufacturing products that led to the death of hordes of black people in the ’80s, including chemical and other weapons, Mandrax, cocaine and disorienting substances that facilitated cross-border kidnappings, and cyanide tablets used for committing suicide.

Approached for comment, a woman who gave her name only as Nelly at the office of Basson’s legal representative, Jaap Cilliers, said he was in “consultation with a client, (and would) try to come back later”.

She later said Cilliers would only be available for comment on Thursday.

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