Limpopo MEC hauled in to court after calling Aids a black disease

Limpopo MEC hauled in to court after calling Aids a black disease

- The Limpopo MEC is being dragged to the equality court after she made an inflammatory statement which insinuated that Aids is a black people's disease

- She had made a decision to cancel a contract between her department and an NGO which was treating thousands of people suffering HIV and TB

- The patients who were being treated by the NGO are taking her to court

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The Limpopo health MEC Phophi Ramathuba is facing charges for discrimination, hate speech and incitement in the equality court.

This comes after she inferred that Aids was a disease that affected black people. She made the controversial comments during a meeting between herself and the Moutse Health Crisis Committee.

She reportedly said: “Because if I could quote what the TAC [Treatment Action Campaign] and also what one of the comrades said this week, are [sic], HIV/Aids is within the black community but the money is with the white people.”

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Seun Mogotji, who was speaking on behalf of the committee, said that Ramathuba must be sanctioned for “discriminating against black people living with HIV/Aids and for hate speech and incitement”.

Provincial health spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said that Ramathuba was simply quoting the from the National Aids Council press release of April 2018.

The statement was made during a meeting over the MEC's decision to cancel the contract between the department of health and the NGO.

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Mogotji pointed out the NGO was not run by white people and that those involved in the NGO were donors.

At least one of the patients who were being treated by the NGO has died as a result of the MEC's decision to cancel the contract.

As a result some of the NGO's patients are taking the Limpopo health department to court and are arguing that it is dysfunctional, has incompetent staff and is unable to treat the thousands of patients who will now need to treatment now that Ndlovu Care cannot treat them.

The NGO had relied on a R10-million annual grant from the government to treat its patients and they fear that many patients might die as a result of the contract being cancelled.

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