ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
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
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.
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
30 November 2001