Accountability

Crimes of the great denialist

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 […]

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TAC, ALP and ARASA Demand Better Social Assistance to Protect the Rights of People Living with Chronic Illnesses

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), the AIDS Law Project (ALP) and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) have issued a joint statement demanding improved social assistance for people living with TB, HIV and other chronic illnesses. In particular the statement addresses recent changes to social assistance regulations; the cancellation and withdrawral of […]

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Treatment Action Campaign on 2007 Antenatal Survey

It has been explained to TAC by some of South Africa’s leading demographers that the provincial and national prevalence reported in the antenatal survey for 2007 appears to have been calculated using a different methodology to 2006. The apparent decline in provincial and national prevalence in 2007 may therefore be a consequence of this change […]

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TAC responds to Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille’s misrepresentation of TAC’s litigation

In Cape Town Mayor Helen Zille’s recent address to the full City Council (27 August 2008) she states that it is disingenuous for the TAC to withdraw its case in the High Court (demanding norms and standards from government for the sites housing displaced persons) on the basis that these have subsequently been provided because […]

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TAC and ALP Win Critical Victory in Court Action Against Government on Behalf of Displaced Persons

Today is an important day for displaced people and a victory for Hirsi and TAC. At the end of July 2008, the Treatment Action Campaign, the AIDS Law Project and Mahammud Hirsi took all tiers of government -with the Western Cape Provincial Government being the first respondent- to court after waiting for about 9 weeks […]

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ALP and TAC condemn attacks on Heywood by Mseleku and Mametja

The AIDS Law Project (ALP) and Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) condemn the attacks on Mark Heywood by the Department of Health Director General, Thami Mseleku and the national DOH TB cluster manager, David Mametja. Mseleku, speaking from the floor after a plenary presentation by Heywood, made a personal attack on the presentation, claiming that Heywood […]

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Accountability

Kwazulu-Natal Health MEC continues witch-hunt of doctors and breaks National Health Act

Nkonyeni continues witch-hunt against Mark Blaylock and Colin Pfaff National Health Act has been breached because Nkonyeni, her officials and the Kwazulu-Natal Treasury have:                                                                 […]

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TAC pickets outside UNHCR in Pretoria

On 2 July, TAC organised a picket outside of the United Nations building in Pretoria to demand a response to a memorandum handed over to the UNHCR by Gauteng civil society on 20 June 2008. The event was attended by 600 people, all of whom called on the UNHCR to intervene in the humanitarian crisis […]

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TAC marches against gender-based violence in uMgungundlovu

In response to the recent rape of the six year old daughter of a TAC member in Elandskop, KwaZulu-Natal TAC uMgungundlovu (Pietermaritzburg) marched through Elandskop last week demanding an end to gender-based violence (GBV), sexual assault and rape in the community and asking for improvements in the local criminal justice system. Out of the eight […]

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Plea by Andrew Feinstein to Mayor Helen Zille

I watched from a distance as the xenophobic violence unfolded in South Africa. At first, I was ashamed – Is this what our young democracy has become? My shame evolved to anger as the utter lack of leadership and inadequate government response further exacerbated the situation. However, amid these feelings of disgust, I also felt […]

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Cape High Court interdicts Matthias Rath and orders Government to investigate him and stop breaches of the Medicines Act

Victory for the rule of law and the scientific governance of medicines Today the Cape High Court handed down a landmark judgment in a court action initiated by TAC and the South African Medical Association (SAMA) against Matthias Rath and the Government of South Africa. The case was originally heard before the Court on 12-14 […]

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Speech by Mark Heywood at UNGASS Civil Society meeting

SPEECH BY MARK HEYWOOD FOR CIVIL SOCIETY HEARING ON “ACTION FOR UNIVERSAL ACCESS 2010: MYTHS AND REALITIES” 10 JUNE, 2008 Friends and comrades. Good morning. My theme is: Human Rights – do we believe in them and what if we do? My name is Mark Heywood. I am one of the leaders of the Treatment […]

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