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Friday, 26 September 2014 - 15:09

26 September 2014, Pretoria – Twenty years ago the then AIDS Law Project (ALP) wrote its first letter to the Minister of Defence and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) challenging the practice of mandatory HIV testing and its continued refusal to deploy people living with HIV.
 
In the subsequent years the SANDF has continued to stigmatise and discriminate against countless men and women in its employ. It has chosen to ignore the growing body of medical evidence that people with HIV are capable of all forms of employment, including those demanding...

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Monday, 1 September 2014 - 16:25

Yesterday, lawyers from Webber Attorneys in Bloemfontein and SECTION27 met with the 130 community healthcare workers (CHWs) who were arrested during a peaceful night vigil on 10 July 2014. The CHWs were briefed on their options prior to a court appearance scheduled for today.
 
The CHWs agreed to explore a proposed settlement made by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) as a means of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). Such a settlement had already been proposed by the DPP and would essentially involve a conditional acknowledgement of taking part in an “illegal gathering...

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Monday, 1 September 2014 - 06:54

On the day that 130 Community Health Workers Appear in Bloemfontein Magistrates Court TAC Charges MEC Benny Malakoane with Corruption
 
The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) will today bring charges of corruption against Free State MEC for Health Benny Malakoane, Head of Free State Health Department Dr David Motau, Free State Deputy Director General for Health Teboho Moji and senior officials in the provincial Department of Health at the Park Road police station in Bloemfontein.
 
The charges relate to a matter first reported in the Mail &...

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Friday, 22 August 2014 - 12:06

On September 1st the 127 community healthcare workers and activists who were arrested during a peaceful night vigil on 10 July 2014 will appear in court in Bloemfontein. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and partner organisations are planning a number of events in the run-up to September 1st and on the day itself. Below is a summary of our strategy and plans for this period.
 
These plans are part of our longer term campaign to bring an end to the ongoing crisis in the Free State healthcare system. We continue to gather evidence and testimonies from healthcare workers and...

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Thursday, 14 August 2014 - 10:41

Dear comrades,
 
As you may be aware, the public health system in the Free State has collapsed. For over a year we have released alerts stating our concerns, borne out of the many stories we receive on a frequent basis from those who are dependent on this crumbling health system.
 
The TAC has used formal channels to bring our serious concerns to the urgent attention of the National Health Minister, the Premier Ace Magashule and the Health MEC Dr Benny Malakoane. While the National Health Minister indicates that his hands are tied in terms of intervening,...

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