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Roll out anti-Aids drugs or face action - Cosatu

By unknown | Dec 05, 2006 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Esme Jood

Esme Jood

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has given the North West government a 14-day ultimatum: deliver antiretroviral anti-Aids drugs now or face "rolling mass action".

Cosatu boycotted the World Aids Day provincial celebration in Rustenburg at the weekend and decided instead to march to the premier's office to hand over a memorandum of its demands to North West premier Edna Molewa.

A Cosatu spokesman said the trade union\ federation could not continue to support World Aids Day celebrations in North West while its members were dying daily because they did not have antiretrovirals.

Cosatu is also demanding an investigation of the role that was played by the Provincial Council on Aids and the Department of Health in providing antiretrovirals.

The federation's spokesman said the Department of Health must do its job and protect society from unfounded claims of cures for HIV and Aids that were in violation of the laws of the country.

He strongly criticised the "beetroot and garlic" remedies touted by health minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang.

The North West MEC for transport, roads and community safety, Jerry Thibedi, told Cosatu that he would hand the memorandum to the premier.


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