ISSUED BY STATEMENT ISSUED BY JAKES MASEKA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR HEALTH
UDM can find no good reason why President Thabo Mbeki will not be attending the
United Nations Special Session on HIV/AIDS in New York. This is especially
significant as 42 million people world-wide are HIV positive, many of them in
In light of the President's efforts as self-proclaimed pioneer of African
Renaissance, it is ironic that he will not be attending this important event,
which serves as a forum for the nations of the world and Africa to positively
address HIV/AIDS. Constructively dealing with HIV/AIDS will directly impact on
the success of Mbeki's Millennium Africa Recovery Plan.
This forum could have been used by the President to rally support for much
needed funding. Instead his absence will again shift the focus away from
prevention to Mbeki's personal views on the matter. It is a continuing and
futile controversy, which will cost millions of South Africans their lives.
The UDM calls upon President Mbeki to urgently address HIV/AIDS with renewed
vigour and constructive action, as every effort and resource must be applied to
the prevention of, and the fight against, this pandemic.
Jakes Maseka MP
UDM Spokesperson on Health
082 821 6290
25 June 2001