Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
We join those praying for the speedy recovery of Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang following the news that she was admitted to Johannesburg Hospital on Tuesday.
And, in doing so, we wish to distance ourselves from the insensitivity displayed by her detractors who, like vultures hovering over a carcass, have not given her space to recover peacefully.
Though this newspaper has often criticised the ailing minister for her unacceptable public remarks about HIV-Aids, we will not stoop to the kind of public conjecture about her health expressed in the past few days.
Especially astounding were the remarks by the DA's Dianne Kohler-Barnard, who called on President Thabo Mbeki to remove Tshabalala-Msimang from office "before she dies there".
Perhaps not so for the DA's black leaders who have not been heard to distance themselves publicly from their colleague's utterances.
Or even to meekly whisper to Kohler-Barnard how unAfrican it is to make such remarks about someone battling ill-health.
However controversial the minister's tenure might have been, no one has the right to play God with regard to her ill health, least of all the strait-laced DA.