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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Tuesday, 1 June 2004

Mbeki has been re-elected - what does he care?

Less than two months after being re-elected for a second term as President of South Africa, and less than a month after he announced that 113 Aids health centres would be fully operational, treating 53,000 people, by next March, we now read that South Africa is to stop its roll-out of anti-Aids drugs.

Why? Good question, but this man who has throughout most of his time in office shown very little indication that he accepts the scale of the disaster for his country that HIV/AIDS represents (never mind his bizarre ideas about its transmission), is perhaps simply reverting to type - now that he has successfully crossed that minor little hurdle of having been re-elected.

I'm afraid this is just one more sign that this man, and his corrupt ANC government, is leading his country down a very shaky path. Nelson Mandela has unfortunately, but understandably in the light of his advanced years, just announced he is to reduce drastically his involvement in public life.

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