ISSUED BY JAKE MASEKA, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR HEALTH
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.
Mr. Jake Maseka, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Health
26 September 2001