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REVIEW | Poison, sorcery and toxic politics in Southern Africa

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In The Poisoners, Imraan Coovadia recounts how Thabo Mbeki led a struggle against the use of antiretrovirals and in favour of various alternative cures. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
In The Poisoners, Imraan Coovadia recounts how Thabo Mbeki led a struggle against the use of antiretrovirals and in favour of various alternative cures. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

There's a plague sweeping through the land. People are dying. The medical experts recommend a certain treatment, at least as prevention or to decease the severity of the illness caused by the plague. But people opposed to what they see as a global conspiracy to foist such medications upon them refuse the treatment, acclaiming instead alternative treatments not approved by the medical authorities. 

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