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South African health minister sacked after attending AIDS conference

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39307.658021.DB (Published 16 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:321
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa last week fired his outspoken deputy minister of health, Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge. The sacking unleashed an unusually vigorous wave of support for her among opposition parties, trade unions, doctors, and AIDS activists as well as a torrent of criticism against the minister of health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, and the president.

    Ms Madlala-Routledge had flown to an AIDS conference in Madrid in June, which Mr Mbeki says she did not have permission to attend. She told a radio station after being sacked that she had been invited to address the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) meeting and believed she had permission to go before leaving. When told she …

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