Recent calls for former president Thabo Mbeki and former health
minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang to be charged with genocide are
unhelpful, an HIV/Aids association said.
"We need to spend all the limited resources and time we have in
fighting HIV and Aids rather than focusing on fighting people and
things that happened in the past," National Association of People
living with HIV/Aids secretary general Nkululeko Nxesi said in a
The association was responding to calls by the Young Communist
League for Mbeki to be brought to book for his handling of the
HIV/Aids issue during his term of office.
"It is important that we move forward and stop trying to settle
scores and by being vengeful."
Nxesi said Tshabalala-Msimang's statements about nutrition
carried some weight.
’Genocide charges irresponsible’
"Many [people with HIV/Aids] still do not have access to
nutrition and food security. This causes most of them not to take
the treatment that is provided by the government clinics and
On Monday, Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota described calls for the
genocide charges to be laid as irresponsible. Genocide was a
deliberate policy or decision to kill people, he said. There was no
such decision either by the ANC or Cabinet.
Lekota's statement came a week after youth leader Julius Malema
said the ANC Youth League would not allow Mbeki to be charged with
"We must never surrender our leaders," Malema said at a gala
dinner of the Pan African Youth Union in Boksburg last Monday.
"We must not charge one of our own. If we allow that, the same
thing would happen to [Zimbabwean President Robert] Mugabe, and the
same would happen to [President Jacob] Zuma, and the next thing you
know they will come for you," he said. –(Sapa, November 2009)