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We rejoice with Mavis

By Sowetan Editorial | 2012-06-28 07:29:02.0 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

Her story is like those of many other ordinary South Africans who normally find themselves having to bear the brunt of arrogant and insensitive public officials - in whose hands their lives sometimes unfortunately lie

WE REJOICE with the Ekurhuleni woman who has had her abnormally grown breasts surgically reduced at Charlotte Maxeke Hospital.

Mavis - as Sowetan has chosen to call her to protect her identity - has told us how "blessed" she feels now that she can lead a normal life.

Mavis is a HIV-positive mom who developed ARV-related side effects leading to her overgrown breasts that hampered her mobility. She even had to quit her job as a result of this abnormality.

Now she says she has a reason to smile.

For us, Mavis's case is an example of the role that the media can and should play in both highlighting the plight of the disadvantaged and holding public officials accountable.

Her story is like those of many other ordinary South Africans who normally find themselves having to bear the brunt of arrogant and insensitive public officials - in whose hands their lives sometimes unfortunately lie.

The response by the Gauteng health officials to her plight is a case in point. Not only was she shunted around by these officials but she was - at some point - even told her condition is not life-threatening and therefore not a priority to receiving treatment.

Sowetan has also faced the wrath of Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, whose main concern was apparently that by disclosing Mavis's condition we could undermine the government's anti-Aids campaign.

The inference is that people could avoid finding out about their HIV status because if found to be HIV-positive they would then have to use the "dangerous" ARV's that have disfigured Mavis.

Our stance is that we did what we did to highlight her plight within the confines of the law and the professional ethics that bind us as a newspaper.

We also believe that had we not done what we did, Mavis would not have received the kind of treatment she eventually did.

It is also our belief that had we not intervened in the manner that we did chances are that Minister Motsoaledi would not have known about Mavis's case, and he would not have intervened in the manner that he did.

More so, we believe Mavis would not have received an apology from Gauteng Health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe for the ill-treatment she suffered at the hands of insensitive provincial health officials.

This is the context in which our coverage of Mavis's story should be seen and appreciated - as an example of excellent journalism.


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This was bad. Thank you to all people involved.

Cheap way to have a boobjob - take Stavudine.

2012-06-28 08:00:17.0 | 0 replies

Well done... Sowetan

2012-06-28 10:27:23.0 | 0 replies


some of us believe that a salary is more enjoyable when u have a complete family,your point is the way to go outside of marriage of course

2012-06-28 11:12:13.0 | 0 replies

job well done to sowetan. in deed, if it was not for u that you brought the case on the table, mavis would be stil in pain. so welldone

2012-06-28 11:18:08.0 | 0 replies

Rakgadi I feel sorry for her,but if the breast were not painfull I would play go beyong what you see in the picture. Mavis is appealing. You are selfish ugly lady hence you feel saddest when I take everything to the coffee colored girl(Mavis).EEeeeeeee nka modira
Shame on you @Secretary, this poor woman didn't choose to be like this yet you making stupid comments about her boobs. You are very ignorant horny immature person. Grow up please.
@Rakgadi-Tabeya, couldn't agree with you more. #high five.

2012-06-28 11:22:54.0 | 0 replies

Ya ne!

Mavis I can only imagine what you were going through before your boob job.

2012-06-28 11:28:20.0 | 0 replies

Mavis I love you and your complection. You turn me on. If the breasts were not pain full I would appreciate the size and play with you killed me!!!
It's funny how we can sexualize even the most serious of scenarios! *pssssht*

2012-06-28 11:36:52.0 | 0 replies

That is a human nature. And it is reality which is not spoken and circumvented. Some people could feel horny when they see decorating dolls in clothes shops. Do you Mavis was all alone since 21 years or there was this night man who would come to shake?

2012-06-28 12:02:22.0 | 0 replies


I see Sowetan moved your response to Rakgadi-Tabeya!!!

Your language baba...iyamangaza! *nc,nc,nc*

2012-06-28 12:37:55.0 | 0 replies

@Secreatry - kgotso e be le wena

2012-06-28 10:13:18.0 | 0 replies

im happy for you mavis

2012-06-28 10:01:22.0 | 0 replies