President Mbeki dismissed Deputy-Minister of Health Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge on 8 August 2007. This is a dreadful error of judgment that will harm public health-care and especially the response to the HIV epidemic. It indicates that the President still remains opposed to the science of HIV and to appropriately responding to the epidemic. We call on him to reverse his decision.
Support Madlala-Routledge Fund
The government is pursuing Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, the former Deputy Minister of Health, for the expenses of her trip to the International Vaccine Conference. The Department of Health is withholding a salary lawfully due to her in lieu of that debt. The state has also demanded that she pays for rent due for the use of ministerial accommodation since 2001. These actions are vindictive and intended to humiliate her.
In defence of good governance and to support Ms Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, a fund has been set up to assist her with short term financial needs related to non-payment of her salary and to cover any legal costs of defending these claims by the government. Any unspent funds will be donated to the Ingwavuma Orphans Project Website: http://www.orphancare.org.za/ Registered non-profit organization: - 010-354 NPO.
The "Support Good Governance -- Support Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge Fund" will be managed and accounted for by the AIDS Law Project on the guidance of a fund committee comprised of Andrew Feinstein (former ANC MP and former Deputy-Chair of SCOPA), Adv Adila Hassim (Acting Director of AIDS Law Project), Vuyokazi Matiso (TAC NEC Member and Eastern Cape Chairperson) and Cheryl Gilwald (former Deputy-Minister of Correctional Services).
Here are the account details:
Media comment: Nosisa Mhlathi - 084 399 0031 or 021 788 3507
For media comment on TAC issues please contact:
Vuyiseka Dubula: 082 763 3005 or 021 447 2593
Nosisa Mhlathi: 084 399 0031 or 021 788 3507
Fredalene Booysen: 083 774 2329
Portia Ngcaba: 073 367 5038
Letter to Deputy-President
- Released to public: 29 August 2007
- Sent to Deputy-President: 21 August 2007
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