UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

AIDS FUNDING FROM THE UNITED STATES

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR FINANCE

The UDM welcomes the United States draft bill on Global Access to affordable HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment, which would devote $50 million specifically to helping poor countries purchase AIDS-related drugs and a further $470 million for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Foreign funding and aid to SA and the region is a prerequisite for economic and social progress. The UDM expresses its concern that this donation, however well-intended, may not be properly administered by the South African government, following a spate of diversionary tactics by the Minister of Health and the ANC government. This reflection of inadequate administration and warped prioritisation simply highlights a government who are not addressing the concerns and life-threatening issues of the people.

The UDM calls on the Minister of Health to devise and implement appropriate measure so as purchase anti-retroviral drugs for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and to stop procrastinating while people suffer and die. We urge government to ensure that foreign funding and aid are administered in a proper and transparent manner to ensure that it reaches the intended beneficiaries.

Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Finance

Cape Town
6 June 2001