Free State Health Crisis

Victory at last for #BopheloHouse94: Long live democracy and the right to protest

Joint statement by the Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 “Indeed, the right to freedom of assembly is central to our constitutional democracy and exists primarily to give a voice to the powerless. Given the constitutionally protected right to peaceful assembly, a provision which allows for unarmed and peaceful attendees of protest gatherings to run the […]

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New hope for Free State as health MEC Benny Malakoane is replaced

–        TAC commits to engaging constructively with new MEC to end Free State health crisis BLOEMFONTEIN, TUESDAY 4th OCTOBER: The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) welcomes the news that Benny Malakoane is no longer the MEC for Health in the Free State. Under Malakoane’s watch the public healthcare system in the province has limped from crisis […]

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Nightmare at Manapo Hospital

QWA QWA, 20th SEPTEMBER 2016: Members of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in Phuthaditjhaba report serious problems at Manapo Hospital that are putting people’s right to access healthcare in jeopardy. This follows last week’s strike by frustrated staff members including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, porters, cleaners, and kitchen staff who report to be overburdened and to […]

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Hospital nightmare in Free State: TAC calls on President to intervene

QWAQWA, 14th SEPTEMBER 2016: The Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 condemn reports of crisis emerging hourly from across hospitals in the Free State. We are receiving reports of entire hospitals being shut down, patients being turned away from full and overcrowded facilities, maternity wards filled with women on floors, shut down in overfull casualty and trauma units. […]

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#BopheloHouse94 back in court to appeal convictions

BLOEMFONTEIN, 8th AUGUST 2016: Today the #BopheloHouse94 are appearing in Bloemfontein High Court. The community healthcare workers (CHWs) are appealing their conviction in October 2015 in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. A conviction that found them guilty of violating the Regulation of Gatherings Act for attending a peaceful night vigil outside the provincial health department. The […]

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Speech by TAC National Chairperson at Opening of AIDS 2016

Speech delivered by Nkhensani Mavasa, Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), at the opening of the 21st International AIDS Conference on 18 July 2016 Treatment, Prevention & Non-Discrimination is Still Our Human Right: We Demand a Global Strategic Plan toward treatment for all Deputy President, Minister of Health, Premier of Kwazulu-Natal, MECs for health, […]

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94 community healthcare workers return to court to appeal conviction

– #BopheloHouse94 appeal has critical implications for the right to protest in South Africa – Free State Premier Ace Magashule undertakes to join #BopheloHouse94 in the Bloemfontein High Court today at 9am – Magashule promises the #BopheloHouse94 a response within two weeks BLOEMFONTEIN, MONDAY 20th JUNE – Today the #BopheloHouse94 will appear before a full […]

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AIDS RESPONSE AT CODE RED

GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION In 2000, thousands of people from around the world marched together at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa. The march was a watershed moment in the global AIDS response. Sixteen years later and the conference is returning to Durban, yet the AIDS response is waning. We have unfinished business. […]

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TAC writes to National Prosecuting Authority with concerns about delays in trial of MEC Malakoane

* Letter sent to National Prosecuting Authority and Free State Prosecuting Authority on Friday 20th May 2016. The orginal letter can be accessed here. — Dear Adv Abrahams, Adv Ketani and Adv Khanyile Delays in State v Malakoane and 6 others (case number 308/2013) and the investigation into MEC Malakoane and others in case number […]

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State capture vs justice: Free State edition

As published in the Daily Maverick on Thursday 12th May 2016 available here. — By Anele Yawa Roughly two years ago, Free State MEC for Health Dr Benny Malakoane did a favour for his political contact Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. That favour may have cost a woman her life. We demand justice. On 1 September 2014, […]

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Free State Health Crisis Coalition Demands MEC Malakoane be Brought to Justice

– 16 strong Free State Health Crisis Coalition launches with the mandate of campaigning to bring an end to the health crisis in the province’s public healthcare system. THURSDAY 12th MAY, BLOEMFONTEIN: 500 people marched today to the SAPS and the Free State Prosecuting Authority to demand the SAPS must urgently conclude its investigation into […]

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Is the End to AIDS Just a PR Exercise?

Speech delivered by TAC General Secretary Anele Yawa at the opening of the HIV Clinicians conference on Wednesday 13th April 2016.  Conference delegates, people living with HIV, clinicians, friends and comrades. My name is Anele Yawa. I am the General Secretary of the Treatment Action Campaign and a user of the public healthcare system. The […]

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TAC World AIDS Day Message and Challenge to Donors

CAPE TOWN, 1st DECEMBER 2015: Under the leadership of Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi South Africa has dramatically scaled up the provision of antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV. This has led to a dramatic increase in life-expectancy in South Africa. We have also dramatically reduced the rate of mother-to-child transmission of HIV. While […]

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LIVE FEED: Report Launch on People’s Commission of Inquiry into Free State Health System

BLOEMFONTEIN, 10th NOVEMBER 2015: Today the report of the People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Healthcare System has been launched at an open dialogue in Bloemfontein. You can follow a live feed of the proceedings online here. We will also be live tweeting using #FSHealth from @TAC.  Over 50 people testified at the […]

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Evidence Submitted at People’s Commission of Inquiry

Find below the evidence presented to the People’s Commission of Inquiry into the Free State Healthcare System.  The LIVE STREAM to the open dialogue taking place can be accessed here.

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