Doctors involved in South Africa's biological warfare programmeBMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7148.1852a (Published 20 June 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1852
- Pat Sidley
South Africa has been rocked by a series of disclosures at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concerning the previous government's biological and chemical warfare programme.
The programme, which was a military operation, was designed, run, staffed, and researched by doctors, scientists, a dentist, and at least one veterinarian. Leading the programme was Dr Wouter Basson, the private physician of the former president, P W Botha.
Although Dr Basson is required to testify before the Truth Commission (which is empowered by …