TAC Responds to Minister of Labour

5 Febuary 2003

The Minister of Labour, Mr Sheperd Mdladlana, on ETV news on Tuesday night (4 February), accused TAC of not negotiating in good faith with Government. This comment was made in the context of TAC and its allies' mobilisation for a march to the opening of Parliament on 14 February.

Our response to Mr Mdladlana is:
If Government signs the NEDLAC framework agreement, it will give hope to millions of people with HIV in South Africa, their friends and familes. TAC would like nothing more than to be able to work with Government to make the treatment and prevention plan a success. If the agreement is signed before 14 February, our march will be turned into a celebration with Government. If the agreement is signed before the end of February, we will call off our civil disobedience campaign. The acrimony and battles between TAC and Government of the past few years can be laid to rest and we can move forward together.  Over 200,000 people will die of AIDS this year if they do not get treatment. A Government of the poor should not hesitate to do what's right - to treat our people.

Join the march to parliament in Cape Town on 14 February to demonstrate the desire of South Africans to move forward in alleviating the HIV epidemic, through the implemention of  a national HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention plan.