According to the Aversion Project report, Grobler also saw a lesbian subjected to such severe electric shocks that her shoes flew off.
The TRC heard testimony from a gay soldier who was chemically castrated. It was told that at least one patient had been driven to suicide by his treatment at Levin’s hands.
The psychiatrist refused to testify before the commission.
Levin also targeted drug users, principally soldiers who smoked marijuana, and conscientious objectors who would not serve in the apartheid military on moral grounds. Some were subjected to narco-analysis or a “truth drug,” involving the injection of a barbiturate before the questioning began.
Speaking in 2000, Levin said the drug was used to help soldiers suffering from post-traumatic stress.
He said electric shock therapy was a standard “treatment” for gay people at the time and those subjected to it did so voluntarily.
While the details of Levin’s abuses at 1 Military hospital were widely aired in South Africa, he managed to suppress publication of details about his past in Canada by threatening legal action against news organizations.