The North West health department has disputed a claim by a local councillor that 70percent of Tlokweng residents, near Rustenburg, are HIV-positive.
In a statement, departmental spokesman Lwandile Sicwetsha said: "It is not correct that Bojanala district in North West is the hardest hit by HIV and Aids in the province and that 70percent of Tlokweng residents are HIV-positive."
Sicwetsha was reacting to a statement by Ward-21 councillor, Sipho Vava, in an interview with Sowetan last week.
"The department has never released any information regarding the pandemic in the district."
Sicwetsha said the department wanted to allay the fears of the Tlokweng and Bojanala communities. - Sowetan Reporter