Stay the course

The sacking of a minister is no ordinary event - as underlined by the mixed reactions to Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge's axing.

The sacking of a minister is no ordinary event - as underlined by the mixed reactions to Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge's axing.

With reasons for her dismissal now public, few doubt the nature of relations with her boss, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, or President Thabo Mbeki.

Of serious concern, though, is its effect on the delicate partnership with groupings such as the Treatment Action Campaign. Better rapprochement existed between them and Madlala-Routledgethan with Tshabalala-Msimang.

That said, all parties should not be distracted from the greater goal of a unified response to the challenges presented by HIV-Aids.

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