11 February 2014

South Africa: Intimidation and Death Threats of Free State Health Activists Must End

press release

On 11 February, the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) issued a statement regarding alleged death threats received by Free State health activists following recent civil society reports.

The AIDS lobby group outlines historic problems with the Free State's HIV programme before detailing how provincial leaders refused to meet with TAC leaders in late January 2014 following alleged multiple instances of activist intimidation.

The statement then outlines the formation of a citizen's commission comprised of prominent South Africans to investigate threats made against activist. The document concludes with a list of demands for the Free State's MEC for Health and Premier, and the South African National AIDS Council, namely:

TAC call on MEC Benny Malokoane not to respond with evasion or intimidation, but to engage with the substance of our reports and to accept our request for a meeting;

TAC calls on Premier Ace Magashule to suspend MEC Malokoane pending the outcome of court proceedings relating to his alleged involvement in corruption;

TAC calls on the South African National AIDS Council to urgently intervene in the Free State to defend the AIDS Council there from attack and to stand up for the rights of health activists.

Read the full statement and Health-e coverage of the allegations.

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