COMMITMENT TO THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS TO BE TESTED IN COURT
ISSUED BY STATEMENT ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM CAUCUS LIAISON OFFICER
light of the alarming increase of infants who have contracted HIV/AIDS from
their mothers and the fact that 70 000 children are born HIV positive annually,
the UDM supports the South African Treatment Action Campaign's intention to take
government to court. It is ironic that the very people who acted in support of
government in the court case against pharmaceutical companies now have to take
government to court to enforce the implementation of that victory.
The ANC government's inability or unwillingness to deal with this pandemic is
highlighted by the continuing refusal to provide HIV/AIDS treatment, such as
nevirapine and AZT to pregnant women because of objections over costs, safety
and a lack of infrastructure. President Mbeki's non-attendance of the UN summit
on HIV/AIDS further reflects the government's warped priorities. The UDM has
written to the Secretary General of the UN, Kofi Annan, to indicate our
concerns, especially regarding what we perceive as a violation of human rights
on the part of government for refusing HIV/AIDS treatment to pregnant women.
South Africa's influence in the region and the continent, means that its
procrastination on the HIV/AIDS issue, could well be interpreted by future
generations as a violation of the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
The UDM strongly urges government to recognise this horrible disease as the most
serious threat to Africa in the new millennium. Furthermore, the UDM remains
committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS, as we strongly believe that the fight
against HIV/AIDS is the responsibility of every South African. Every effort and
resource must be applied to the prevention of, and the fight against, this
Annelizé van Wyk MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 557 4184
27 June 2001.