Mbeki’s office mum on Manto’s death

2009-12-16 14:20

FORMER president Thabo Mbeki will only comment tomorrow on the

death of former health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, his office said


Mbeki’s aide, Mukoni Ratshitanga, who is out of the country said:

“We were not aware of the passing of the former minister. As soon as we get

enough information we will be able to comment.”

Ratshitanga said a statement would probably be sent out


Tshabalala-Msimang served in the health portfolio under president

Mbeki for years before he was recalled by this ANC party from office in

September last year.

Tshabalala-Msimang was widely seen as championing Mbeki’s views on

HIV/Aids, and was supportive of the so-called Aids dissidents, who questioned

the link between HIV and Aids, and pinned the cause of the disease on

nutritional deficiencies.

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