UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

THE MINISTER SHOULD STOP BLAMING THE MEDIA AND DO HER JOB

STATEMENT ISSUED BY JAKE MASEKA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR HEALTH

The warped prioritisation of the ANC government has once again been highlighted by the Minister of Health's comments to the Joint Monitoring Committee on the Status of Women.

The UDM acknowledges the excellent and highly professional level of investigation and reporting by the media regarding HIV/AIDS. Furthermore the
Minister's accusations that the media spread lies that have led to confusion is totally unfounded, and is a clear indication that the ANC has a tenuous and diminishing grip on reality of HIV/AIDS. It is clear that this responsibility has been taken up by the media, who are brave enough to report the facts, thereby equipping millions to make informed decisions, despite the lack of information and mixed signals from government.

The manner is which statistics have been dealt with by government is cause for grave concern. It is unacceptable that whilst government play games and misappropriates taxpayers' money on warped priorities, basic services are sacrificed. South Africans need basic health care based on the undeniable reality of HIV/AIDS. This should start with the President retiring from a debate that he is unable to deal with. Only then will the Minister of Health be able to disentangle herself from the self-made web of confusion and deceit. In the meanwhile delivery is stuck firmly on the backburner.

The UDM calls on the ANC government to stop attacking the media and to urgently implement a national co-ordinated programme to address the multi-facetted problem of HIV/AIDS.

Enquiries:
Mr. Jake Maseka, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Health

Cape Town
26 September 2001