Dr. Wouter Basson, who headed up Project Coast, the biological and chemical warfare unit under South Africa’s apartheid government in the 1980s, will face sentencing by the Health Professions Council of South Africa on June 5.
Basson (dubbed “Dr. Death” by the South African media) was found guilty in December of 2013 of charges that he “acted unprofessionally” in manufacturing and supplying poisonous substances to security forces during the apartheid era.
Basson was previously charged at the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings that took place in South Africa following the dissolution of the apartheid government. In 1999, he faced charges in Pretoria High Court for murder and fraud, among a total of 67 charges, for allegedly overseeing plans to poison Namibian fighters with muscle relaxants, to infect water with cholera, and to deliver a baboon foetus to intimidate Nobel Peace Prize winner archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu. His trial lasted two years and over 200 witnesses testified against him. He was the sole witness in his defense, which constituted a declaration that everything he did, he did as a soldier.
He was acquitted. Basson currently is a successful cardiologist in Cape Town.
Much of what Basson actually accomplished is still a secret. He was known to have been engaged in genetic research and to be developing a blacks-only bioweapon.
There is evidence that Basson was successful in this endeavor. According to a scientist who worked alongside Basson under the apartheid government, this blacks-only bioweapon was to attach onto melanin (darker skinned people have more melanin in their skin). Citing his security agreement with the government, the scientist agreed to speak under conditions of anonymity, and stated he believed that Basson did in fact create this weapon.
Other sources indicate that this bioweapon was deployed on a grand scale, having been leaked into processed food. A confidential source in US intelligence stated that the spiking epidemic of the “silent killers” of hypertension and diabetes in people of color is due to the success of Basson’s research and subsequent deployment of a genetic weapon which attaches onto melanin and was leaked into the food supply.
The incidence of diabetes and hypertension in people of color has skyrocketed since Basson’s days with Project Coast. According to the National Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP), 25% of African Americans between the ages of 65-75 have diabetes. The prevalence in women appears to even higher, with MOTTEP reporting that 25% of African American women over the age of 55 are afflicted with diabetes.
Hypertension is reported as most prevalent in the African American population. It affects about one out of every three African Americans, as opposed to one in five for the population at large. Complications of hypertension include heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness.
Looking at another group with high melanin content in skin, MOTTEP reports that the rates of diabetes among native Americans are the highest in the world, with over 12% rate of diabetes in those over 19 years of age. Also reporting high are Latino-Americans, with 24% of Mexican Americans within the US and 26% of Puerto Ricans with diabetes.
According to the International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries, “from 1959 to the mid-1980s, medical statistics showed that the prevalence rate of diabetes in Africa was equal to or less then 1.4%, with the exception of South Africa, where the rate was estimated to be as high as 3.6% in 2001. But, by 1994, the continent-wise prevalence of diabetes mellitus stood at 3 million and was then predicted to double or triple by the year 2010.” In fact, the prevalence has more than tripled. According to the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF), the 2010 numbers for those afflicted with diabetes in Africa have exceeded 12 million. Peculiarly, the WHO continues to report low prevalence in Africa.
Supporting a hypothesis of food-related increase in prevalence, the International Diabetes Foundation reports that: “The highest prevalences are among the ethnic Indian population of Tanzania and South Africa. There is also a marked urban/rural difference in diabetes prevalence, with consequent likely increases as more people move to urban areas.” Those in urban areas would be more dependent, of course, on processed food. According to the IDF, “it is estimated that at least 1 in 20 deaths of those aged 20 to 79 years is due to diabetes. ”
The food connection was also reported by the Voice of America, although the emphasis was given to portion size rather than content. VOA reports:
Paul Madden, Project Hope’s senior advisor for non-communicable diseases, explained that diabetes is rapidly spreading throughout sub-Saharan Africa, and even other developing countries around the world, largely due to lifestyle changes. People generally are not as active as previous generations, and they are in jobs that require them to sit or stand for long periods of time. Another reason for the increase in the rate of diabetes is eating processed food.
“The way things are packaged, they’re often in bigger portion sizes than the body needs. So it’s the portion sizes, lack of activity. In some of the villages and towns and cities in Africa, it’s people are living longer, and as you live longer and get less active, and also taking in a few too many calories on some days, and if you do that over many years, you gain weight,” explained Madden.
But is it the “Coca-Cola syndrome”– that is, the increased sugar intake by those consuming processed foods – that has resulted in the diabetes epidemic or is it something else?
Back to our Dr. Basson. In a chilling admission by Dr. Basson, made during an interview with New York filmmaker Rob Coen several years ago, Basson crowed that developing the blacks-only bioweapon was “the most fun I ever had.” Elsewhere in the video clip, Basson refuses to answer questions having to do with his relationship with US and British intelligence, connections which involved the now deceased Dr. David Kelly and trips to Langley.
At one point in the video, there is an effort to explain Basson’s bizarre admission as pertaining to work involved with sterilization. That work, however, could not be considered a genetic weapon and may be evidence of further attempts to obscure the exact nature of Basson’s work and its reach.
One thing is for sure. Dr. Wouter Basson appears to be tightly wrapped in teflon. His sentencing by the medical board this coming week will entail a possible fine, medical license suspension or probation. Whether his work as “Dr. Death” involved not only the murders of regime-unfriendly people years ago, but also involved a trajectory into the present health crisis among people of color, worldwide, is a question that Basson apparently won’t be answering.
Janet C. Phelan, investigative journalist and human rights defender that has traveled pretty extensively over the Asian region, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”, where this article first appeared.