ISSUED BY MR. BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
is unacceptable that although we are halfway through the financial year,
provinces have spent only a fraction of the money they were allocated for
What is more troubling is that the 4 provinces with the poorest conditional
grant spending records are also the four provinces with some of the highest
prevalence rates of the disease.
Factors that influence spending include levels of political support at the
provincial level for HIV/AIDS interventions, the existence or otherwise of
provincial interdepartmental strategies for HIV/AIDS and the amount of funds
provinces dedicated to HIV/AIDS programmes from their own budgets.
The UDM calls on provincial governments to urgently heed the plea for help from
the citizens of their provinces. It is time for MECs to practice their sworn
oaths to serve the people of their provinces. It is the highest form of moral
bankruptcy for the MECs to allow the death of millions rather than challenge the
obviously misguided ideas of President Mbeki.
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
14 November 2001