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September 01, 2006

In Spite of Overwhelming Scientific Evidence, Logic and History

AncThe white, racists in South Africa and their black lackeys, not one of whom is worthy of polishing her furniture, persist in their campaign to defame the very good name and excellent mind of Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

This latest is especially hateful as it seeks to make political hay from an unfortunately timed hosptialization from which everyone associated with YBYL wish her excellency a most speedy recovery and a rapid return to her place of rightful power. 

Manto muscled out in palace coup

Kerry Cullinan 

There has been a palace coup in the Health ministry while Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has been in hospital. Over the past three weeks,Tshabalala-Msimang's deputy, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, and Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka have seized control of the country's HIV/Aids programme. 

Mlambo-Ngcuka has been quietly consulting the Treatment Action Campaign and other civil society organisations over the past three months, in her role as chairman of the South African National Aids Council (Sanac), which is driving the development of a new HIV/Aids strategic plan for 2007 to 2011.

The plan, to be released on World Aids Day on December 1, identifies a range of targets to be achieved by 2011, including: 

Treating 650000 people with antiretroviral drugs;

Distributing 500 million male condoms a year; Promoting "mutual faithfulness" among sexually active people; and Reducing by 10% the number of children under 14 engaging in sex.

The plan also describes the lack of monitoring, evaluation and clear targets as "major weaknesses" of the previous plan, which was overseen by Tshabalala-Msimang. The old strategic plan expired last year but the Department of Health failed to draw up a new one.

Mlambo-Ngcuka and Madlala-Routledge have engaged with a range of Aids organisations and praised Treatment Action Campaign president Zackie Achmat, Tshabalala-Msimang's arch enemy. Mlambo-Ngcuka has also committed the government to halving the rate of new HIV infections by 2011.

While Madlala-Routledge said that she had not officially been given a new role, she said: "I think I have been given the space to support the improvement of relationships."

For almost three years, Madlala-Routledge was sidelined by Tshabalala-Msimang and excluded from HIV/Aids issues, according to department officials. Yet in the past week, Madlala-Routledge stunned even her inner circle by speaking out bluntly about the government's shortcomings on HIV/Aids. She described South Africa's stall at Toronto Aids conference — at which beetroot, garlic and lemon were promoted as Aids treatments — as "an embarrassment" to the government.

Toronto was a catalyst and a turning point. It galvanised government to be on a new footing and to recognise that the atmosphere of perpetual conflict with civil society is not helping the fight against HIV," she said. TAC general-secretary Sipho Mthati described Tshabalala-Msimang as "tainted", saying it would be difficult for Aids organisations to trust her.

Meanwhile, Tshabalala-Msimang is convalescing at her home in Tshwane where few people have been allowed to visit her. — Health-e News Service



In response to the real, yellow journalistic basura above, YBYL can only reprint a comment posted at NAR some months ago when this latest smear campaign against the Minister began. 

A few words of truth concerning the very Hon. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Harvey Bialy

When I first was introduced to the Minister at the opening reception of President Mbeki's AIDS Advisory Panel in 2000, the ice in her eyes and the frost in her handshake made me think the tip of the Motherland had broken off and was closing on the antarctic. 

By the end of the Panel meetings a few weeks later, we were dancing Pata Pata into the wee hours. 

She is one of the most ferociously intelligent people I have ever met, and certainly is unique in the public courage she displayed, and has maintained despite the vicious and untrue attacks from many quarters, in turning 180 degrees because she actually attended to all that those remarkable meetings had to offer. 

She is my favorite person in South Africa. [8.21.2006 2:44pm]   

And more words of truth, with the proof, that only the very best intellects question HIV/AIDS dogma is provided by Dr. Darin Brown in the post immediately following this, in which he introduces to the readers of YBYL to the Serge Lang Memorial AIDS Archive at the AIDS Wiki that has just been anounced in the Notices of American Mathematical Society.


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