ISSUED BY ANNELIZÉ VAN WYK, MP
UDM CAUCUS LIAISON OFFICER
UDM finds it sad that yesterday on the 3rd annual anniversary of the Partnership
Against AIDS initiative, government's confusing approach to HIV/AIDS was exposed
on various fronts.
Minister of Finance tabled a Review in Parliament yesterday that expressly
highlights the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS on the provinces, and in
Johannesburg it was confirmed that 33% of women visiting antenatal clinics
tested positive for the disease. Simultaneously, the Government continues
to suppress and discredit an authoritative Medical Research Council report on
HIV/AIDS related morality.
The ANC must realise that no amount of semantic games and suppression of
statistics will change the fact that thousands of South Africans are dying, and
that millions more will die if the government continues to allow itself to be
misguided by the ANC and President Mbeki's ill-considered ideas on the subject.
Ironically, the Deputy President Zuma claimed yesterday that HIV/AIDS awareness
was higher than 90% among South Africans. We question whether this 90% awareness
is an accurate figure? Does it not to a large degree reflect a huge awareness of
inaccurate and irresponsible ideas around HIV/AIDS, such as the President's
claims that HIV/AIDS is not caused by a virus?
The UDM calls on the ANC to attend to this matter of extreme national interest,
by rising to the challenge and meeting it with maturity, even if this means
withdrawing once and for all its leader from comment or decision-making on
Annelizé van Wyk, MP
UDM Caucus Liaison Officer
082 557 4184
10 October 2001