Rumours suggest Mbeki's spokesman died of AIDS related diseaseBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7269.1100/a (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1100
- Pat Sidley
The spokesman of President Thabo Mbeki, Parks Mankahlana, died last week aged 36, rekindling the furious debate in South Africa about HIV and AIDS. Several sources close to him said that he died of an AIDS related disease—but his widow angrily denied it, claiming that he died of heart failure following anaemia.
The media differed on how to treat the issue. One large group known for its close relationship to President Mbeki kept to the family line; others reported the rumours and called for openness on …