Minister ‘misinterpreted’ on Aids: Cope youth

2009-12-17 10:14

THE Cope Youth Movement yesterday defended the late health minister

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and said her stance on Aids was “intentionally


“Although many might have intentionally misinterpreted her stance

of good nutrition to HIV/Aids infected people, she demonstrated commitment to

that stance regardless of the criticism it earned her,” the Congress of the

People Youth Movement said in a statement.

“This was the feature in her which proved her leadership quality

which must be celebrated as she is now no more.”

The youth movement said it learnt with sadness and shock of her


“Her family, friends and the party she led all her life, the ANC,

must celebrate the life she lived,” read the statement.

The Cope youth called on the “opportunistic” Young Communist League

– which recently called for a genocide trial for Tshabalala-Msimang and former

president Thabo Mbeki – to apologise to her family. “This will only show remorse

and give the respect deserved by the former minister.”

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