HIV/AIDS Quotes

Musa Zondi
October 2006

“Precisely because, you see, the South African government in the context of the continent of Africa is well endowed with the resources to actually do something significant to actually push the frontiers of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. But instead of doing so, they always waited to be cajoled, to be pushed around and so on.” Reverend Musa Zondi

Mangosuthu Buthelezi
October 2006

“It is clear before God and man that the entire war on HIV and AIDS has not been waged with any degree of piety, responsibility and care.”

Kas Kasongo
October 2006

“While some extracts of the African potato in purified forms are helpful, some are harmful as they suppress the bone marrow. In some cases this traditional potato has the potential to interfere with certain types of antiretrovirals, lowering the treatment‘s effectiveness by up to 80%.” Dr Kas Kasongo

Jeremy Cronin
September 2006

"Four hundred thousand South Africans are dying every year of AIDS. This makes the war in Iraq look like a birthday party" - Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy secretary at the Satawu congress in Johannesburg.

Jeremy Cronin
September 2006

"Four hundred thousand South Africans are dying every year of AIDS. This makes ethe war in Iraq look like a birthday party" - Jeremy Cronin, SACP deputy secretary at the Satawu congress in Johannesburg.

Trevor Oosterwyk
September 2006

"It is clear that a large proportion of the increase in deaths was due to HIV", Trevor Oosterwyk

Themba Maseko
7 September 2006

"The programme of government is based on the belief that HIV does cause AIDS...We think that nutrition is important, but at no stage should we...create the impression that we are putting nutrition as an alternative to other forms of treatment included in the programme...The nature of this pandemic requires that we act together and spread a message of hope and unity to all South Africans. In this regards, the deputy president, as chairperson of Sanac, was mandated to take concrete steps to strengthen Sanac, which is the embodiment of the national partnership against HIV and AIDS.", Themba Maseko (chief government spokesman)

Sibani Mngadi
19 August 2006

"We reject with contempt the statement made by Stephen Lewis with regard to response of South African government to the challenge of HIV and Aids," said health department spokesperson Sibani Mngadi in a statement.

Rory Carroll
18 August 2006

"At a cocktail party in 2002, I asked Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, a close Mbeki ally, why the government preferred to buy new German-made submarines instead of Aids drugs. 'Look at what Bush is doing,' she replied. 'He could invade.' "

Rory Carroll
18 August 2006

"Some months ago an acquaintance confided that she was HIVpositive. Later she flirted with a friend of mine who did not know her status. Should I have tipped him off -- or respected the confidence and trusted her to tell him herself? I tipped him off and he fled. She felt betrayed."

Rory Carroll
18 August 2006

"Statistics suggest that black South African women are more than twice as likely to have the virus as white women."

Stephen Lewis
18 August 2006

"It is the only country in Africa whose government continues to propound theories more worthy of a lunatic fringe than of a concerned and compassionate state," Stephen Lewis, the United Nations special envoy to Africa told the International Aids Conference in Toronto.

Stephen Lewis
18 August 2006

"Between 600 and 800 people a day die (of HIV and Aids) in South Africa. The government has a lot to atone for, and I am of the opinion they will never achieve redemption." Stephen Lewis, the United Nations special envoy to Africa told the International Aids Conference in Toronto.

Mark Heywood
17 August 2006

"If we had the political will at an earlier stage we could have saved thousands of lives. Instead, in South Africa we have fought... over whether HIV causes Aids, whether ARV's work or are poisonous. We have fought and failed to provide leadership... and the disease has grown, and grown," Mark Heywood the head of the AIDS Law Project told the International Aids Conference in Toronto.

Dianne Kohler Barnard
7 June 2006

"By the time the Soccer World Cup comes to South Africa, it will be too late for five million of us who will have to watch the games from a garlic- and beetroot-induced afterlife." Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
7 June 2006

"Shall I repeat garlic, shall I talk about beetroot, shall I talk about lemon... these delay the development of HIV to Aids-defining conditions, and that's the truth." Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said in debate on her department's budget vote.

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
30 June 2005

"Nutrition is the basis of good health and it can stop the progression from HIV to full-blown Aids, and eating garlic, olive oil, beetroot and the African potato boosts the immune system to ensure the body is able to defend itself against the virus and live with it. I am sure that loveLife will continue to raise that."

Jerry Coovadia
7 May 2005

"I am surprised by the manner she draws up her amazing beliefs... to speak of side effects [of ARVs] is contrary to what the scientific evidence suggests. When she talks about raw garlic, onion, lemon and beetroot, what scientific evidence does she produce? Her actions could have severe implications for people and the image of the nation. Some form of censure should emerge." Jerry Coovadia, the Victor Daitz professor of HIV/Aids at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
5 May 2005

"When we were being pressured to use ARVs, we did warn about the side effects, and when I get reports about the people on ARVs nobody presents to me how many people have fallen off the programme or died because of the side effects."

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
5 May 2005

"Raw garlic and a skin of the lemon - not only do they give you a beautiful face and skin but they also protect you from disease."

Njongonkulu Ndungane
November 2004

"It seems now as if the health department is, once again, dragging its feet when it comes to implementing a comprehensive and efficient strategy to combat the disease. Yet the reality on the ground is that HIV/Aids is killing mothers, fathers, and children. HIV and Aids will not go away if we ignore it. It is getting worse. The number of Aids orphans is growing." Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane

Zackie Achmat
Undated

"Peter Mokaba, Youth Leader of the ANC, died because of Aids, but nobody was willing to speak about it in public - there were only rumours which were vehemently denied. Parks Mankahlana died bcause of Aids, but he was forced to deny it whilst he was dying ... just think of the pain which this stigma must have caused him. Thema Khoza, youth leader of the IFP, also died because of Aids," founder of the TAC, Zackie Achmat

Peter Mokaba
Undated

"Antiretrovirals, they're quite dangerous. They're poison actually. We cannot allow our people to take something so dangerous that it will actually exterminate them. However well meaning, the hazards of misplaced compassion could lead to genocide."

Peter Mokaba
Undated

"H.I.V.? It doesn't exist".

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
September 2000

Robbie: You have said that the policy of the ministry is well known. Do you accept that HIV causes Aids?

Tshabalala-Msimang: Why do you ask me that question today? I have answered that question umpteen times.

R: Yes, and the answer is?

T-M: Umpteen times I have answered that question. My whole track record of having worked at the area of HIV and Aids for the last 20 years is testimony. Why should you ask me that question today?

R: You haven't answered the question, Manto.

T-M: Why should you ask me that question?

R: To avoid confusion.

T-M: I have never said anything contrary to what you want me to say today.

R: So, therefore, you accept that HIV causes Aids.

T-M: You are not going to put words into my mouth.

R: I am not putting words into your mouth. I am asking you a question.

T-M: Yes you are.

R: I am asking you a straight - now hold on a second - I am asking you a straight question, the minister of health of South Africa, I am asking you a question: does HIV cause Aids?

T-M: I have been party to developing a strategic framework and that strategy testifies what my policy understandings of the HIV epidemic are. If you haven't read that, please go and read it. And then you will understand where I depart from.

R: Manto, Manto. A simple yes or no is the answer I am looking for.

T-M: You will not force me into a corner into saying yes or no.

R: I am not forcing you into a corner, I am asking you a straight question - I find your reaction bizarre.

T-M: I would advise you to read the strategic framework. You have to analyse it. It is important for the media to inform the public about the positions of government ... It is time that when you interview people, not on yes or no, but on the tenets of the framework.

R: Manto, we have gone as far as we can go. I find your reaction to that question absolutely bizarre and that is my final word on it.

T-M: I am not Manto to you. Let me tell you I am not Manto to you.

R: What are you?

T-M: I am the minister of health and I don't even know you.

R: So, what must I address you as, Miss Minister or Ms Minister or Mrs Minister?

T-M: I don't know whatever you address me, but I am not a friend.

R: How must I address you?

T-M: I don't know - but you have to read the strategic framework.

R: Bizarre.

T-M: And I

... R: Oh go away!

T-M: And I am ...

R: I cannot take that rubbish any longer. Can you believe it? I have never in my life heard such rubbish. Here we have a situation where the minister of health sends out a document, amongst others, that is Looney tunes, that suggests that the Illuminati have conspired with the aliens to bring about Aids to reduce the African population. Now you get the minister on [radio] to explain this and see what happens. "Given that the president has led, not just in South Africa, but a complete world controversy, where many people think this country has been held up to ridicule at an international conference over this issue and given the proximity of the two, I thought it would be a good idea to get the minister in on this issue ... "... the fact that she would not answer that question leads me to be very, very worried indeed. I find that bizarre. Anyway, I won't call her Manto again".

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
November 1999

"There is not substantial data that AZT stops the transmission of HIV from mother to child. There is too much conflicting data to make concrete policy."

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
November 1999

"South Africa is the only country in the world who gives AZT to health workers for needle-stick injuries. It's very doubtful that we're doing the right thing."

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
November 1999

"The fact is that some of the mice [tested on with AZT] have contracted cancer. It attacks bone marrow. It is very toxic."

Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
November 1999

"AZT was never meant to treat HIV. It was meant to treat cancer and, when it was discovered to be toxic, the drug companies stopped clinic trials of the drug because it was so toxic. Is this drug really one we want to use?"

Parks Mankahlana
Undated

"That mother is going to die and that HIV negative child will be an orphan - who is going  to bring that child up? It's the state, the state. That's resources you see." Presidential spokesman Parks Mankahlana

Nkosazana Zuma
Undated

"Sex is entertainment for the poor because they have nothing else to do when other people go to a cinema or swimming pool" Then Minister of Health Nkosazana Zuma

References

9 October 2006

Inkhata Freedom Party Says ANC Has Lost the War Against HIV/AIDS (link removed as it broke)

9 October 2006

Plea for more studies on traditional medicines

19 August 2006

Health department hits back at UN envoy

18 August 2006

Why I never quite fell for South Africa

Aids theories belong to 'lunatic fringe'

Aids protest in Toronto condemned

Eat garlic, beetroot and lemon, Manto repeats

Mbeki stirs up Aids controversy