UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

HEALTH DEPARTMENT SUFFERS FROM "MBEKI SYNDROME"

MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY KHOSI MNCEDANE
GENERAL SECRETARY, UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT WOMEN'S ORGANISATION

The South African Department of Health seems to be suffering from a severe case of the "Mbeki Syndrome". This is diagnosed from the recent statement issued by the Department that it had both given and withdrawn permission for the distribution of the controversial coal based AIDS drug Oxihumate-K.

Despite recent and credible statistics that show HIV/AIDS as the biggest threat to the lives of South Africans, government is still busy sending out clear messages to the public that it does not know how best to deal with the pandemic, it is not serious about thorough research on the virus and that it simply does not care.

The United Democratic Movement Women's Organisation (UDEMWO) urges President Thabo Mbeki to realise that just like his injured left ankle; his dual statements and "diplomatic" approach to the HIV/AIDS issue are hurting South Africa. It is about time that he took the issue seriously because unlike the ankle, the suffering caused by HIV/AIDS is extensive and irreversible.

Enquiries:
Mrs Khosi Mncedane
General Secretary
082 691 6104

Pretoria
3 October 2001