ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
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
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.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
02 October 2001