Jump to navigation Jump to search
| Wouter Basson |
|Born||6 July 1950|
|Interests|| • WMD|
• South African Institute for Maritime Research
Dr. Wouter Basson, nicknamed Dr. Death, headed the apartheid South African government's covert chemical and biological warfare (CBW) programme from 1981 to 1993.
In 2002 Basson was acquitted of 67 offences – including possession of illegal drugs, fraud, embezzlement of R36 million and 229 counts of murder. He denied using chemical weapons on people. The Guardian reports that "Judge Willie Hartzenberg dismissed charges relating to 200 deaths in Namibia because they happened in a different country".
Under Basson, the CBW program, also known as Project Coast :
- Developed lethal chemical and biological weapons that targeted ANC political leaders and their supporters as well as populations living in the black townships. These weapons included an infertility toxin to secretly sterilize the black population; skin-absorbing poisons that could be applied to the clothing of targets; and poison concealed in products such as chocolates and cigarettes.
- Released cholera strains into water sources of certain South African villages and provided anthrax and cholera to the government troops of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) during the late 1970s to use against the rebel soldiers in the guerrilla war. In 1979 the world's largest outbreak of anthrax took place in Rhodesia where 82 people were killed and thousands became ill.