Condolences pour out for former health minister

2009-12-16 15:44

THE Young Communist League (YCL) of South Africa

respected former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as a comrade, its

spokeswoman said.

Gugu Ndima, national spokeswoman for the YCL told the South African

Press Association that although the YCL had different views to

Tshabalala-Msimang’s HIV/Aids policy, they respected her for the role she played

during the struggle against apartheid.

“We send our condolences to her family, friends and comrades,”

Ndima said.

The YCL recently called for former president Thabo Mbeki and

Tshabalala-Msimang to be charged with genocide for causing the death of

thousands of HIV positive South Africans by denying them antiretroviral drugs

while she was still in charge of the health ministry.

“That is a different matter altogether,” said Ndima. “We respected

her for the role that she played during apartheid.”


the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) offered its

condolences to the family of former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang

despite their “difficult” past.

“We don’t wish ill on any human being even though we had a very

difficult time with her as minister of health,” said TAC general secretary

Vuyiseka Dubula. “We are sending our condolences to her family and


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has

described the death of former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang as “quite

sad and shocking”.

“We extend our sincere regrets to her family and loved ones. It is

sad when anyone dies,” the DA leader Helen Zille said.

“It is quite sad and shocking especially at this time of the year,”

said Zille’s spokeswoman, Melany Kühn.

Both Zille and Kühn declined to comment on Tshabalala-Msimang’s

political heritage.

“Like many politicians she was controversial,” Zille said.

“However, that doesn’t detract from the sadness of her death.”

  • Tshabalala-Msimang died today at about

    3pm, Professor Jeff Wing, her doctor and physician confirmed.

The former minister had been hospitalised at the Wits University

Donald Gordon Medical Centre and Medi-Clinic ICU.

Wing said Tshabalala-Msimang died from complications related to her

first liver transplant.


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