Wouter Basson during a news conference in Cape Town, September 13, 2005.


Wouter Basson, the doctor in charge of Project Coast, an apartheid-era biological and chemical weapons program devoted to targeting the nation’s black population, has been found continuing to practice medicine in a private clinic outside Cape Town. The unfathomable revelation has hit South Africa hard.

From casual observation, he seems like the average man, except for one major detail: from 1981 until the mid-1990s, Basson was the all-powerful leader of Project Coast. The project was designed by the apartheid regime as a chemical and biological weapons program in order to develop substances that could sterilize, poison or kill South Africa’s black citizens.

Wouter Basson aka Dr Death found working at a Mediclinic
Cardiologist Dr. Wouter Basson

For several years, the cardiologist has been working for the Mediclinic group, yet it was only recently this year that the public made the connection between the Basson who was a medical professional and the Basson who stood trial for his alleged crimes in a drawn-out courtcase that unfolded from 1999-2001. Mass media eventually caught wind of the news, triggering a tsunami of emotional outrage in South Africa.

Although there are a plethora of examples of grand evils committed against humanity under apartheid, Project Coast’s scientific developments and overall philosophy are some of the most shocking aspects of the era. The philosophy of these scientific developments stemmed from the need for the country to develop non-lethal weapons, enabling them to control crowds of black protestors. The country allowed Project Coast to operate since it was not explicitly forbidden.

Mediclinic International Plc -
Mediclinic International Location

The majority of the research shared a common purpose: to develop agents capable of poisoning human beings and equally going undetected post-mortem. Scientists began working to develop powder and liquid forms of known toxic substances that could be used in ammunition, weapons, and even everyday items, such as chocolates, drinks, cigarettes, etc.

What’s more, the Project Coast team identified a select number of “targets” for elimination, including Nelson Mandela, who was imprisoned at the time. During this time, they attempted to devise a way for him to get cancer so that “his release would present less of a political problem.”

Wouter Basson during his trial

Basson also desired to explore untypical means of crowd control. His dream project was an invention named the “black bomb,” a biological weapon that would selectively attack black people. Other ideas included sterilant sprays, the pollution of water supplies, and the creation of poisonous drugs to incapacitate or kill their users. The research within their labs were focused on methaqualone and cannabis, the two most highly used drugs in the black community.

On March 31, 1993, the doctor officially retired from the armed forces and the government ordered for all stocks of biological and chemical weapons owned by them to be destroyed. The verdict was handed down on April 11, 2oo2; Bason was acquitted on all charges against him. The Constitutional Court confirmed in 2005 that the prosecution could reopen the proceedings, but this never ended up happening.


Shalom, my sweet family in the faith, and welcome back to my blog! For this week, we have a very interesting story to talk about, and I believe much can be taken from it in order to help us better understand the world in which we live in, as we analyze it through the eyes of Christ.

The doctor mentioned within this article is one who seems very reputable on the outside, yet under close examination, he was found to have very evil intentions. Just like there are false doctors within the medical profession, in the Christian faith, there are some false prophets, teachers, other leaders who exist among the multitude of good ones. Matt 7:15 (KJV) reads, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

Child of God, allow me to explain something so important for you to understand. There are people in this life that seem like they are there to help you, yet their intentions toward you are actually for your demise. I am not at all talking solely about Christian figures in your life, I am talking about the people around you in general. Perhaps you have friends that celebrate you in public and tear you down in private. Maybe there have been those who had promised to take care of you but instead had ended up abusing you.

Whatever the case may be in your life, it takes the discernment of God to know what’s good for you versus what is not. Without this gift of discernment, you may be embracing the wrong type of people in your life that are affecting you negatively. 1 Cor. 15:33 (NIV) commands us, “Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character’” Likewise, even if a person seems reputable and acceptable to others, if they are deemed bad company in the eyes of God, then they are not for you! You are all to valuable to the King of King and Lord of Lords… so not everyone can be allowed in your circle of influence.

God commands us to love others, yet we are not commanded to put our trust in anyone… only in him. The book of Proverbs tells us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Prov 3:5 KJV). When we put our trust in man, we find that we are oftentimes greatly disappointed. Yet when we put our trust in God, we cannot be shaken or moved.

Bi-weekly Homework: Evaluate 2 sets of people in your life: Those who are pouring into you and leading/mentoring you, and your circle of influence/peers around you. Are your life leaders helping you to become who God has designed you to be? Are the people around you challenging you to be a better version of yourself? If not, then it’s time for some serious and immediate change!

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