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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

WORLD AIDS DAY

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

In the wake of this international pandemic, and on the eve of World Aids Day, the UDM calls on the President of the country to urgently implement a long overdue National Plan of Action, that would take into account social, medical, economic and financial implications. Government must heed the plea for help by millions of South Africans living with HIV/AIDS.

With the escalating evidence before our government, the UDM hopes that the President and his Cabinet Ministers will finally sit up and listen, instead of turning the deaf ear to the 40 million adults and children that are estimated to be living with HIV/AIDS as of the end of 2001, of which an alarming 70% live in Sub-Saharan Africa. Surely many of these could have been avoided had government acted with more speed, less arrogance and heeded the research of experts, instead of being preposterous enough to make ill-informed comments and decisions.

Despite the wars that are being waged in Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV/AIDS claimed the lives of 2.3 million people, making it the biggest killer. The report also reveals that in Africa alone there have been 3.4 million new infections this year. HIV/AIDS has claimed more lives in Africa than any act of war or terror. Yet, this government's response has been pathetically slow and confused. It is high time that government acts with less arrogance, and stops red-taping the necessary mechanisms that the citizens of our country need to rise successfully against this pandemic.

The UDM is deeply concerned at the latest report revealed by the UNAids, revealing that HIV/AIDS is truly an international pandemic. The UDM calls on all South Africans to unite against this threat in every sector of our society.

Enquiries:
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President

Cape Town
30 November 2001

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