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SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS acrimony must end - Deputy President

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JOHANNESBURG, 20 September (PLUSNEWS) - South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has appealed for a "new spirit" between government and nongovernmental organisations in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mlambo-Ngcuka told a conference of the Congress of South African Trade Unions that acrimony over AIDS policy must end in a country where one out of nine people were estimated to be living with the HI virus.

"When we fail to work together as partners, the disease wins ... our collective response has for too long been undermined by finger-pointing and despair. I appeal to you that we change that," she said.

The deputy president recently became the new point person on AIDS in President Thabo Mbeki's cabinet, after persistent calls by activists for the dismissal of health minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.


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