That's why, on hearing white South Africans lamenting, often with justification, about the state of the country and the ANC government, my own inner prejudice tends to listen to what they'e saying with scepticism until I'm sure that their comments are not motivated by racism. So, on reading the Mail & Guardian article on a new website urging people to do their best to get Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang sacked, in which one of the co-founders of the site is named as Anton de Waal, I went to the site apprehensive that it may be the product of racism.
Well, I'm sorry that I was sceptical as the site has been created by people who are genuinely concerned about the way HIV/AIDS is being handled by the South African government. This should have been immediately apparent as the site is endorsed by Zapiro, a brilliant political cartoonist, whose political credentials are, in my opinion, beyond doubt. Go here to see a selection of his 'Manto cartoons'.
Although I've posted about Manto before, you may not know to what extent she's hindering HIV/AIDS education and treatment in South Africa. Here are a few choice snippets taken from the 'Manto Moments' section on 'Sack Manto':
"When I saw a report saying I had been silenced, I thought, 'Oh my God, maybe I am living on another planet'"
iol.co.za - 8/10/06
Finally we are in agreement.... Ed
"I think the TAC was just a disgrace, a disgrace not only to the [health] department but a disgrace to the whole country. But I think, as South Africa, we really demonstrated that we are doing pretty well."
Manto After the AIDS conference in Toronto 2006
News24.co.za - 28/08/06
"beetroot, garlic, lemon ... and buy a bottle of olive oil. All these things are very critical."
mg.co.za - 8/6/05
"Dr Rath's work complies with and complements our programmes."
mask.org.za - 10/5/05
"I don't remember saying I endorse the Matthias Rath foundation ..."
mg.co.za - 5/5/05
"Raw garlic and a skin of the lemon -- not only do they give you a beautiful face and skin but they also protect you from disease."
mg.co.za - 5/5/05
"It is very sad how the media handles this issue. I think garlic is absolutely critical. Lemon is absolutely critical to boost the immune system. Olive oil is absolutely critical ... just one teaspoon, it will last the whole month."
mg.co.za - 9/2/04
(Aids)... "could also be a God-given opportunity for moral and spiritual growth, a time to review our assumptions about sin and morality".
mg.co.za - 1/4/03
"Look at what Bush is doing. He could invade." ... Manto on why money needs to be spent on defence rather than treating AIDS
Sapa - 19/12/02
"Today I want to dispel this myth, because it is absolutely not true .[ that ARV's work ] The pharmaceutical industry and those who have a vested interest in the drug industry fuels this propaganda."
SAPA - 7/11/00
"We (the ANC government) have no plans to introduce the wholesale administration of these drugs in the public sector. ARVs are not a cure for Aids."
Speaking at Health Budget Vote in National Assembly
hst.org.za - 8/11/00
Minister, nobody has EVER said that ARV's cure Aids! Ed.
While I doubt that voting for Manto to be sacked will achieve anything, nervertheless, I urge you to vote.
Go here and vote. NOW!!