Project Coast: Apartheid's Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme

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INCIDENTS OF POISONING
1977A T-shirt received in the post by Donald Woods for his five-year old daughter, Mary, was impregnated with Ninhydrin, a powder that stung on contact and which is used by police forces worldwide to trace fingerprints on paper.580
1977The ANC submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission claims that poisoned food was fed to about 500 cadres in the Catengue camp, Angola, in 1977. They were saved by the timely intervention of a doctor. The perpetrators were allegedly uncovered in 1981, one of whom, Kenneth Mahamba, commander of Pango camp, was found to have been recruited by the security police in 1976.581
1979A United Nations report said that South Africa used paralyzing gas during an attack in 1978 on the Angolan town of Cassinga.582 The attack was said to have taken place on 4 May 1978. South African military officials denied that chemical weapons had been used or that South African possessed such weapons.583
1979/80Testimony in the trial of Wouter Basson584 alleges that between 1979 and 1980 the SADF became concerned that too many SWAPO soldiers had been detained as the result of the SADF's pseudo operations and that the SWAPO prisoners of war were murdered. J.J. Theron said he was supplied with quantities of Tubarine and Scoline, muscle relaxants which in overdose would cause suffocation. Later the anesthetic Ketalar was also supplied to Theron. Theron estimates that he caused the death of “hundreds” of SWAPO members in this way.585 586
Theron alleged that he and Basson gave pills to 5 men detained at Fort Rev in the former South West Africa. They allegedly

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Project Coast: Apartheid's Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme
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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Foreword v
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements xi
  • Acronyms xiii
  • Introduction* 1
  • Summary of Findings 7
  • The Botha Regime and Total Strategy 11
  • The Regional Context 21
  • Chemical Weapons in South Africa Prior to Project Coast 31
  • Project Coast's Links with the Police and Operational Units of the Military 47
  • Getting Down to Business 57
  • Roodeplaat Research Laboratories 69
  • The Private Companies 103
  • The de Klerk Years (1989-1993) and the Use of Cbw Agents 115
  • The Phases of Project Coast's Development 143
  • Allegations of Fraud: The Sale of Delta G Scientific and Rrl 145
  • The Intention of the Programme 153
  • Incidents of Poisoning 159
  • Structure and Management of Project Coast 169
  • International Links 191
  • Closing Down 209
  • Basson's Arrest and the Trc Hearing 223
  • The Criminal Trial of Dr Wouter Basson 231
  • Notes 241
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