UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANC GOVERNMENT ABUSES STATS SA TO DISCREDIT MRC AIDS REPORT

STATEMENT ISSUED BY DR GERHARD KOORNHOF, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON ON FINANCE

The UDM is disgusted by the ANC government's abuse of Stats SA yesterday in its attempt to discredit the MRC report on HIV/AIDS.

The Statistician General must resist these efforts of the ANC government. The Medical Research Council is any case far better qualified to comment on AIDS than Stats SA. The accuracy of the statistics produced by Stats SA have, in any case, been questioned often before. It is definitely not in a position to question the work of the MRC, with its good track record of credible research.

This is yet another example of the ANC's blatant attempts to suppress and discredit statistics or reports that do not suit their, often misguided, political agenda.

Enquiries:
Dr Gerhard Koornhof, MP
UDM Spokesperson on Finance
083 - 308 6864

Cape Town
11 October 2001