It seems that South Africa has been making international news more and more lately, and for all the wrong reasons. When Ministers and academics from South Africa are sent to overseas conferences, they represent the country and their views are regarded as South African. Can someone please explain to me why then, at the recent AIDS conference in Toronto, Canada, our health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang allowed herself and our country to be embarassed by claims of garlic and beetroots serving to curb HIV/AIDS?
The government continues to support Minister Msimang, which leads one to wonder if the claims about nutrition being made are hers alone or simply her following President Mbeki's orders? In case anyone forgot, our dear Pres got himself into hot water a few months ago when he claimed that he didnt know anyone who had died from AIDS and had at the same time, expressed disbelief at the proof that HIV causes AIDS. Yes people, this is in a country where out of 45 million people, one in every nine is infected with HIV! Is our government really out to protect our interests? Or is it merely politics and a policy of "I scratch your back and you scratch mine"?
Maybe we'd get a chance to redeem ourselves if a concerted effort was made to stem the spread by educating the masses. But when our Minister of Health and President are playing games with millions of lives by claiming that garlic, lemon juice, African potatoes and beetroot help curb a terminal disease, then our country is in for a very sad future. Check out http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=283720&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__national/
for the latest on our nutrtion obsessed Minister of Health.
I'm out for now. Ciao,