PRESS ALERT - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TAC LEADERS TO BE BURIED AT OPEN FUNERALS ON SATURDAY 19 APRIL 2003


TAC members and supporters will be saluting and saying goodbye to TAC leaders, Edward Mabunda and Charlene Wilson, at public funerals on Saturday 19 April 2003.  Hundreds of TAC members will attend these funerals out of respect for the dead, and to show our anger at the continued failure of government and pharmaceutical companies to make medicines available and affordable for poor people.  Details of the funerals are below:

1.    Edward Mabunda

Place:                        Winterveld Multi-Purpose Centre Hall (next to Kgabo Clinic)
Time:                        10 a.m
Speakers:                Zwelinzima Vavi and Mark Heywood
Contact person:    Pholokgolo Ramothwala - 082 969 8691

2.    Charlene Wilson

Place:                        Eersterust (near Pretoria) Civic Centre, Cnr Hans Caverdale West and P S Fourie Avenue
Time:                        9:30 a.m.
Speakers:                From TAC, COSATU and local HIV support groups
Contact person:    Sharon Ekambaram - 083 634 8924

Members of the public and press are invited to attend these funerals.  Both leaders have asked to be buried publicly as people who have died of AIDS and not to be buried quietly or in shame.  Charlene Wilson had asked that she be buried in her HIV-positive t-shirt.

17 April 2003

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