HIV/Aids

26 September 2007

Drop Qunta from list, says TAC

The Treatment Action Campaign has threatened to take court action if controversial lawyer Christine Qunta is officially reappointed to the SABC board.

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The Treatment Action Campaign has threatened to take court action if controversial lawyer Christine Qunta is officially reappointed to the SABC board.

Briefing media in Cape Town on Wednesday, TAC leader Zachie Achmat said Qunta's involvement in a company selling untested medicines purported to cure HIV/Aids disqualified her from occupying any public office.

"If President Thabo Mbeki goes on to officially appoint her, we will definitely take the matter to court," he said.

Qunta, one of the directors of a company involved in the registration and patenting of a traditional herbs currently being tested for HIV cure properties, is one of 12 candidates selected by the national assembly's communication committee to sit on the SABC board.

Mbeki is yet to officially appoint the selected candidates.

Calls for Qunta to be dropped from the list have been mounting following allegations that people associated with the company involved in the manufacturing of the herb were already selling it to the public, despite the fact that scientific tests have not been concluded. – (Sapa)

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