UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

PRESIDENT'S STUBBORN STANCE ON AIDS HURTS SA

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

South Africans are tired of President Mbeki tarnishing our country's international image with his stubborn ill-informed stance on HIV/AIDS.

It is a smack in the face when the influential Washington Post expresses sharp criticism of Mbeki and the ANC's obstinate policy regarding anti-retrovirals.

It is further shocking that Mbeki has not yet accepted an offer by a Dutch delegation for free Nevirapine, and the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital has to wait six months before government approved a donation of anti-retrovirals. How can government deny the people donations of anti-retrovirals that they so desperately need? 

The UDM calls on government to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities and serve the people of South Africa. HIV/AIDS is real, Mr. Mbeki. Please wake up and hear the orphans cry and the people cough and die.

SA needs a united front to combat HIV/AIDS. We can overcome. Unfortunately, this government seems little interested in dealing decisively with HIV/AIDS, and tramples this hope regularly.

Enquiries:
Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Cape Town
02 October 2001