Faulty Bloemfontein condoms 'criminal'

2012-02-02 22:49

Johannesburg - It is a criminal offence to have millions of faulty condoms circulating around Bloemfontein in the Free State, trade union Nehawu said on Thursday.

"South Africa cannot afford to have unreliable condoms when we are starting to see the results in the fight against the scourge of HIV/ Aids," National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said in a statement.

"The recently released zero national strategic plan 2012-2016 cannot succeed if we still experience this lax behaviour."

He said the union was "horrified" and wanted the department of health and the SA Bureau of Standards to investigate the matter.

On Sunday, the City Press newspaper reported that the Free State health department was recalling over a million condoms delivered for the ANC's centenary celebrations over concerns that they may be sub-standard.

Although they still had to be tested in a laboratory, the department decided to withdraw them, provincial health department spokesperson Jabu Mbalula was quoted as saying.

The boxes of Choice government condoms, which bore the SA Bureau of Standards stamp, were delivered to guesthouses, hotels, bars, and restaurants ahead of the ANC's centenary celebrations held from January 6 to 8.

  • Andries - 2012-02-02 23:20

    Mmmmmm.... what evidence exist that these things were faulty en masse?

      John - 2012-02-03 06:28

      Someone tried to use them as a "shower cap"

  • Max - 2012-02-02 23:24

    "The recently released zero national strategic plan 2012-2016"....WTF? - 2012-07-08 16:47

      That means no plan

  • Adam - 2012-02-02 23:28

    Condoms come in 3 sizes from my experience. The ‘Asian preferred”, the “standard” and the “I am gifted” I guess that “Gifted” have been trying to stuff too much into the former design.

  • Sean - 2012-02-03 04:01

    "Faulty" due the condoms being stapled to iknfo leaflets again... hahaha........... :-) These SABS officials shoukd be dealt with the full face of the law! Hw many other un-ssfe produhcts went through his approval like baby seats etc.? Make an example of him when laying charges after being found to be guilty please!

      Silvana - 2012-02-03 06:32

      @Sean. It could be that the condoms were expired stock. It's quite common for overseas companies to dump expired goods into Africa. But I agree with you, the SABS official should be investigated.

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-03 07:04

      Sean you might be right about them stapled to the info leaflets :) Sadly it says a lot that faulty or substandard condoms were distributed at all and the impressive part is the expectation that all faulty goods will be returned.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-03 06:41

    Condoms of sub-standard quality reminds me of government.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-03 07:52

    I agree fully that this is criminal. Imagine how many people might be infected with HIV whilst doing all in their power to do the right thing and wear a condom (not to mention unwanted pregnancies and the financial and other impacts thereof.) It is the same principle as a reckless driver who kills someone on the road and is charged for murder.

  • Monique - 2012-02-03 08:14

    oh fk, here comes 500 000 aids babies! How can they release the connies in the first place?? Idiots.

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-03 10:47

    Hmmmm, delivered on the 6th of January, all they going to get back are second or third hand goods.

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-03 11:02

    Made in China perhaps?.

  • magomarele - 2012-02-03 12:11

    Mampara land.

  • Catherine - 2012-02-03 13:00

    I saw condoms stapled to a pamphlet being given to the public on Aids day in Johannesburg. Now thats clever

      berni.venter - 2012-02-22 00:09

      Next time take photos and put them on the net!

  • Johann - 2012-03-28 21:30

    Absolutely nothing why condoms no self restraint , i bet you none I want I wanit now no I demand it it is my human right hope they get what they deserve gama intato

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