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Value of beetroot, garlic for Aids is true - Manto

By unknown | Sep 12, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

Health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang again clashed with an opposition MP in parliament yesterday.

This time over a question about her support of garlic, beetroot and the African potato for people with HIV and Aids.

DA MP Watty Watson asked Tshabalala-Msimang how many people had died because they had used this solely as remedies for their suffering.

Earlier questions were around mother-to-child transmission of the disease and other aspects of the health system.

"I would like to know if indeed there are records available for mothers disadvantaged by the irresponsible application of controversial remedies such as beetroot and garlic and indeed how many children died as a result of this?" asked Watson, causing an uproar in the national council of provinces (NCOP).

NCOP chairman Tsietsi Setona said that Watson had made a statement rather than ask a question. But Setona said Tshabalala-Msimang could decide whether to respond.

Tshabalala-Msimang said the department was developing a monitoring system.

"But if the honourable member is really interested in the value of garlic, beetroot, lemon, olive oil, amadumbe, you name it, he is invited to my office. I'll go through a whole lecture," she said.

"And if he so wishes, he can also go onto the website where this information is available. I am not making it up, and it's true, and I have said it over and over again.

"If the honourable member thinks he can discourage me from saying these things, hard luck."

This clash follows last weeks furore in the national assembly when DA MP Mike Waters was suspended for five days by speaker Baleka Mbete for asking about Tshabalala-Msimang's criminal record.


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