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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

ZUMA REFUSING AIDS RESEARCH ASSISTANCE

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA as UDM PRESIDENT

Upon hearing of Minister Zuma’s refusal to accept $100 million to fund AIDS research, my reaction was one of shock and distress.  Apparently, she declined because of some of the would-be donor’s stipulations, one of which was that South African doctors conduct some of the research in the United States of America.  Since assuming her cabinet position in 1994, Zuma has often astounded us with unorthodox sense of reason, this decision however boggles the mind.

The UDM recognises AIDS as the most serious threat to Africa.  The fight against this horrible disease is the responsibility of South Africa and we must use every resource made available to us.  The opportunity for South Africa to do reputable research that could benefit the whole of Africa can not be passed up.

Enquiries:
Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

21 May 1999

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