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THE Young Communist League has agitated that former president Thabo Mbeki, pictured, be charged with genocide "for refusing to provide anti-retroviral drugs to HIV-positive patients, causing thousands of deaths".
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) was the first to call for Mbeki to be charged with genocide for the same reason advanced by the YCL.
These organisations have an axe to grind. Genocide is the systematic extermination, in whole or in part, of a national, ethnic, political, religious or other population.
This and other definitions are generally regarded by the majority of genocide scholars to show "intent to kill" as a requirement for any act to be labelled genocide.
There is also growing agreement on the inclusion of the physical destruction criterion. While there are various definitions of the term, almost all international bodies of law critically adjudicate the crime of genocide pursuant to the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. On the "intent to kill", the case against Mbeki will hit a snag.
Moreover, there are scientists such as toxicologist and pathologist Mohammed Ali Al Bayati, who say that HIV does not cause Aids. If HIV does not cause Aids then Mbeki cannot be found guilty of Aids deaths.
So the case of genocide against Mbeki will fall through because the "intent to kill" will also not have been proven and scientists like Al Bayati might come and give complicated scientific evidence rubbishing the YCL and TAC's wild claims in court.
Sam Ditshego, Kagiso