In praise of our health minister

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has not been popular with some but she has remained a loyal member of her party and a loyal government official.

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang has not been popular with some but she has remained a loyal member of her party and a loyal government official.

She braved the TAC's insults and stood firm against their humiliation in Toronto.

She consistently raised the importance of eating a balanced diet and she was right.

When she goes, as the DA wishes, many of us will remember her as the minister who said African traditional medicine is the preferred choice of many Africans and should not be ignored.

We will remember her for saying we can't gamble with our lives by becoming guinea pigs for pharmaceutical companies. Because poverty reigns supreme in our country, centres for disease control will continue testing their drugs on our people and give them R150 a month for taking part in their studies.

Until the South African National Aids Council was formed, there was no multisectoral platform for discussing HIV-Aids, yet no one raised a voice.

When she goes, she will be remembered as the minister who did not do her job, not as the one who was bogged down with HIV and Aids. When she goes, some will forget that she implemented her government's policies.

Bhele Lika Langa, Mdantsane

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