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HIV 'genocide' will cripple SA - Mokonyane

2012-04-02 12:40

Johannesburg - The effects of HIV/Aids "genocide" will cripple the South African economy if nothing is done to combat the pandemic, according to Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

"The epidemic is slowly, but surely, robbing us of the young, beautiful minds and the able-bodied who, under a different set of circumstances, would be making a healthy contribution to the welfare and economic development of our province and the country in general," she said.

"If this situation is not urgently attended to it has a potential of causing unprecedented misery as a result of plummeting productivity levels that will inevitably have a crippling effect on the economy."

Mokonyane was speaking at the opening of the Gauteng Aids summit in Turffontein, Johannesburg.

She said the conference was the ideal platform to discuss the effects the disease could have on the country.

People could either halt it in its tracks or continue to bury their heads in the ground in the hope it would pass, she said.

Threat of genocide

"But if we are conscious and convinced that we are faced with a threat of genocide, we would know that we have no better chance or choice but to approach this summit with an attitude of a soldier whose sole intention is to decimate the enemy and prevent genocide from occurring."

She said the number of Aids-related deaths peaked in 2007, but showed a substantial decrease when the results of the introduction of antiretroviral treatment (ART) in 2004 started filtering through.

"We now have 340 clinics and hospitals which provide ART with trained professional nurses to initiate and maintain ongoing ART programmes," Mokonyane said.

"The infection in babies has been reduced by more than half from 11.6% to 2.3% through the implementation of health services for pregnant women."

She said government was aiming to reduce the number of HIV infections by half in 2016.

DA MPL Jack Bloom said he was pleased with the progress but warned that the country should not be complacent.

"While HIV infection in teenagers and youth has reportedly been halved from 2007 to 2011, about 30% of pregnant women in Gauteng are HIV-positive, which is the same as it was 10 years ago," he said.

"The Democratic Alliance endorses the goal of reducing new HIV infections by at least 50% by 2016. Treatment is expensive, so behavioural change is critical and this starts by testing and knowing one's status."

Comments
  • Adam - 2012-04-02 15:12

    who, under a different set of circumstances, would be making a healthy contribution to the welfare and economic development of our province and the country in general," she said. This is not the case....more poverty and suffering under anc mis-governance

      goyougoodthing - 2012-06-15 22:19

      To be quite frank, reducing the numbers of people who don't have jobs is hardly crippling an economy with rank unemployment. It may even reduce the numbers of unemployed. The loss of life however, is an horrific affect of poverty and social behaviour, one which will not be curbed whilst we have a president living his life as if the more the merrier.

  • NrGx - 2012-04-02 16:21

    still all talk and less action. Why dont the minister close their traps and start doing some work.

  • Donaldthabangmmala - 2012-04-02 16:37

    atlst hiv rate is gng dwn 2 unborn child,

      Jellyarse - 2012-06-15 20:31

      Genocide? What is she doing? Blaming it on the previous NP regime? This Genocide is being performed by the ANC Government and their refusal to recognise and address the issues Thabo, Mrs Beetroot and the corrupt administration that even allows the stealing of ARV's from the hospitals only to be sold in the townships on the black market?

  • Guy - 2012-04-02 17:15

    Nomvula , who started the Genocide ? Was it maybe your buddies Manto "beetroot and garlic" Tshabalala-Msimang or Thabo "poverty causes Hiv" Mbeki, with their tardiness in providing treatment ? and maybe old Jakob "shower cure" Zuma also had a role to play ?

  • gavinb2 - 2012-04-03 04:39

    Genocide is defined as "the deliberate and systematic destruction, in whole or in part, of an ethnic, racial, religious, or national group". Is she saying that due to its inactivity in addressing the issue that the government is guilty of genicide?

      peterjohnjnb - 2012-04-26 16:03

      hear hear!

  • Philip - 2012-04-03 14:52

    HIV \ AIDS whats that? Im sure its just a myth created by the WHITE man, nevermind.....

  • Roy - 2012-05-24 13:00

    The ANC has finally woken up to the fact that HIV may impact their support numbers - if 30% of the population die out that'll be 30% less votes for the ANC. Or perhaps they're hoping that eventually Aids will reduce the burden on government grants and ARV's leaving more money for them to steal. Lets face it - with the way the ANC operate I wouldn't be supprised that our government views sufferers as collateral damage!!

  • Jellyarse - 2012-06-15 20:30

    Genocide? What is she doing? Blaming it on the previous NP regime? This Genocide is being performed by the ANC Government and their refusal to recognise and address the issues Thabo, Mrs Beetroot and the corrupt administration that even allows the stealing of ARV's from the hospitals only to be sold in the townships on the black market?

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-14 01:42

    This government does not grasp the seriousness and does not realise that SA is the world's BIGGEST HIV/AIDS infected country - the anc is abandoning it's people - when are they going to WAKE UP!!

  • ANASKA - 2013-03-14 09:48

    Mbeki DENIED the existance of HIV/AIDS - the blame falls mainly on his shoulders - he was a useless President followed by anoher moron

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