By Zackie Achmat, Mail & Guardian 27 September 2008
On September 20 2008, as South Africa’s newly acquired Gripen fighter jets took off from a local air show to parade across Cape Town skies, residents would awaken to one of the most remarkable days in the political history of the republic. The Mbeki-Pahad monolith had collapsed.
The decision by the ANC to recall President Thabo Mbeki represents the downfall of the most hubristic executive in contemporary South Africa, and one that has been characterised by the unrelenting denialism of the greatest threats facing our country -- the mounting failure of the criminal justice system to prosecute and convict criminals, the increasingly disturbing nature of violent crime, burgeoning inequality and unemployment, the HIV/Aids catastrophe and the culture of impunity for corrupt and incompetent public officials.
At its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting today, the TAC discussed the African National Congress leadership election and its implications for HIV prevention, treatment and care in South Africa. TAC leaders expressed their personal preferences. However, the discussion focused on matters of principle rather than personality and took place in a free and open climate.
A Judicial Investigation into the Presidency and Health Ministry and criminal proceedings against Christine Qunta are necessary.
"34. (1) A person desiring to initiate or conduct a clinical trial
in respect of an unregistered medicine, a new indication or new
dosage regimen of a registered medicine or substance, shall apply to
the Council on a form determined by the Council for authority to
conduct such a clinical trial”.
“(5) No person shall conduct clinical trials referred to in
subregulation (1) without the authorisation of the Council.”
NB: At about the same time this statement was released (a few minutes before the 9th of August), the presidency released a statement announcing that Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge had been dismissed.
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