Project Coast: Apartheid's Chemical and Biological Warfare Programme

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ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD:
THE SALE OF DELTA G SCIENTIFIC AND RRL

In his opening address in the criminal case against Wouter Basson, State prosecutor Anton Ackerman told the court that Basson saw himself as an international businessman with a personal empire in five areas: property; finance; trading; scientific/production/research; and investment. All of these, the prosecution claimed, were bankrolled from Project Coast funds.539

Ackerman told the court that the prosecution believed State funds had been siphoned off in various ways. First, he said, Basson set up an extensive network of companies in South Africa and abroad. At all times, confidantes appointed as executive officers acted as Basson's nominees. Funds channelled to fixed deposit accounts abroad served as “performance bonds” or security for the purchase of commodities. The prosecutors maintained that loans acquired against such collateral had been used by Basson for personal gain. Bank accounts were opened in the name of existing SADF front companies (or alleged fronts known to suppliers) and funds due to the SADF were channelled, according to the prosecution, through second accounts for Basson's personal use.540

The State claimed that towards the end of 1986, Basson established three companies in the Cayman Islands: WPW Investments Inc., PCM International Inc., and Medchem Inc. Basson's United States friend and business associate David Webster was instrumental in establishing and dealing with the companies. In each case, Basson was vice-president of the companies.541

The multitude of companies were restructured often, sometimes on an annual basis and their names were frequently changed. Broadly speaking, the companies operating outside South Africa fell under the holding company WPW Investments; those that operated internally came under the umbrella of the Wisdom group.542

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

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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