Friday, September 26, 2008

Zille calls on Health and Crime

By Mandisi Tyulu
26 September 2008


The Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says where crime is concerned President Kgalema Motlanthe can send a powerful message to South Africans by distancing his government from the denialism that characterised crime fighting under Thabo Mbeki.

Zille said this in her weekly letter to the President and his new Minister of Safety and Security, Nathi Mthethwa, must work to bring down levels of crime, improve conviction rates, and expedite the review of the criminal justice system.

Zille says in the health portfolio new minister Barbara Hogan’s challenge is to rid the Ministry of the last vestiges of denialism that sowed confusion about how HIV/Aids is transmitted.

She says this attitude prevented the universal rollout of antiretroviral medication, and diminished South Africa’s reputation internationally.

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