Nelson Mandela Foundation

Ghosts Event

On 26 November the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) will begin the sentencing hearing of Dr Wouter Basson, former head of the apartheid chemical and biological weapons programme (code-named Project Coast). In December 2013 the HPCSA found Basson guilty of unethical conduct following a lengthy hearing.

The Steve Biko School of Bioethics, the South African Medical Association (Gauteng branch), the Wits Students Bioethics society and the Institute for Security Studies invite you to join us for a screening of a short film inspired by a recent visit to Roodeplaat Research Laboratories, where during apartheid scientists undertook animal experiments to, amongst other things, find toxins and chemicals that could be used to kill without leaving a trace, and where work was done to find an anti-fertility vaccine that could be administered to black women without their knowledge. 

The film will be followed by a discussion about Project Coast, a reflection on the outcome of the disciplinary hearing and why this remains important today.

Download: Ghosts from the past: invitation

Ghosts from the past: invitation