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UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

 

ANC AND HIV/AIDS

STATEMENT ISSUED BY BANTU HOLOMISA, MP
UDM PRESIDENT

At first glance it is heartening that the ANC National Executive saw fit yesterday to acknowledge the causal link between HIV and AIDS. They unfortunately immediately proceed to hedge their statement with a hollow justification for not supplying anti-retroviral treatment to all pregnant mothers in South Africa. Their statement appears to be less a matter of conviction, and more a knee-jerk response to the criticism that former President Mandela dished out the day before.

The UDM acknowledges the call by Madiba for political leaders to be at the forefront of the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The leadership of the UDM accepts this responsibility without hesitation. The overwhelming majority of the civic, religious and political leaders and organisations in this country are similarly committed. It is only President Mbeki, and his increasingly dazed and confused sycophants, who play with words and rather waste money to defend the indefensible in court. They are two-faced, considering the fact that they claim a lack of funds prevent them from distributing affordable lifesaving treatment, but they have money for court cases. They are hypocrites because they claimed victory earlier this year against the pharmaceutical companies, but now that they are free to use their victory they have new excuses. They are deceitful because they argue lack of resources whilst they simultaneously go on a R66 billion shopping spree for unnecessary weapons.

But perhaps the greatest deceit is that committed by the leader of a country, who would not admit his undeniable errors publicly, but rather gets his party lapdogs to issue a watered-down statement in response to justifiable criticism that comes from within where it cannot be denounced or ignored out of hand.


Enquiries:
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President
082-552-4156

Pretoria
3 December 2001

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