UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

UDM SPELLS OUT TRUTHS ABOUT HIV/AIDS TO GOVERNMENT

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

The UDM calls on government to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities and serve the people of South Africa. The UDM demands the implementation of a national Mother-to-Child Prevention Plan as part of a national integrated strategy to deal with HIV/AIDS.

The government is out of touch with the daily realities of South Africans.

 Firstly, South Africans are tired of President Mbeki tarnishing our countryís 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 ANCís 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. Prisons are over-crowded, education is urgently needed, and stigmas need to be overcome.

In short, South Africa needs a united front if it is to rise above the challenges of HIV/AIDS. The first step is admitting the realities of this disease, which the ANC government all too often dismiss. It is by time the people teach the ANC about the truth relating to HIV/AIDS.

Enquiries:
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President
082 552 4156

Cape Town
03 October 2001