Upon hearing of this, the Stellenbosch medical faculty (in an unprecedented step) revoked Basson's teaching rights on 4 November 2014, a full 11 months after the MDPB guilty finding--his tutelage reportedly having rendered several students 'acutely uncomfortable'.
Dr Kgosi Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa, said that there were no limitations on Basson's registration with the MDPB.
The MDPB found Basson guilty of co-ordinating the large-scale production of illegal psychoactive drugs (including Ecstasy), arming mortars with teargas and providing military operatives with disorientating substances to make illegal cross-border kidnappings easier.
However, in August 2010 the rueful ICU chief called Mokgokong saying she doubted his competence as a doctor, never mind as a neurosurgeon, prompting the MDPB
probe that led to his de-registration.
NCOP poised to approve bill In response to an initial outcry and referral of the bill by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) to each province for further consultation, plus a challenge by the MDPB, the HPCSA convened a consultative workshop of the boards in May.
Mariba said that the MDPB had already implemented this after their first election in 1999 and had transformed from being 81% white in 1994 to a current majority of black members (66%) via an ongoing process of weighting votes, making it fully representative demographically, and had strongly encouraged other boards to do the same.
The MDPB vote in favour of elections would have created a 6/6 stand-off, but was ruled invalid by Padayachee and Mkhize, who said Mariba's board meeting had no proper quorum.
9 SAMJ MDPB members are outraged over what they see as a 'steamrolling' of the legislation, especially given the health minister's controversial track record and her historic spurning of the best scientific research and advice available on HIV/AIDS.
He claims Mkhize unilaterally withdrew from a vital MDPB meeting on 4 June without giving reasons and sent out an e-mail to his staff instructing them not to give the MDPB board any clerical or administrative support the following day.
HPCSA staff were not in the employ of the MDPB and had raised 'serious concerns and allegations' about how certain MDPB members had treated them.
The MDPB conduct came 'in spite of intense consultation' by the HPCSA with the previous MDPB board, whose decisions or omissions were binding on the current board.