ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM welcomes the intention of government to sharply increase the provincial
grants to combat HIV/AIDS, as announced by the Minister of Finance yesterday in
However, the UDM expresses its concern that these monetary allocations may not
reach the people who most desperately need it. Because government still fails to
acknowledge the monumental nature of the pandemic, this increased allocation is
for many, too little too late.
The UDM calls on government to ensure that especially the poor and the
vulnerable receive the benefits from the boost in social spending. The UDM
urges the Minister of Health to amicably settle the court case that is looming
regarding Mother-to-Child Transmission, especially in light of this increased
spending by government.
The UDM calls on government to educate the President who seemingly is still in
denial with regards to this major pandemic.
Bantu Holomisa, MP
31 October 2001