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South Africa sidelines its health minister on AIDS issues

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:774
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The South African government has effectively sidelined its controversial health minister, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, as the country's public face of policy on HIV and AIDS.

    Dr Tshabalala-Msimang has denied that she has in any way been sidelined or silenced, claiming that she can and does say what she wants as the minister responsible for health.

    However, the cabinet seems to have given the task of developing policy on AIDS to the deputy president, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. A cabinet statement issued after a meeting at which President Thabo Mbeki was reportedly not present confirmed the deputy's role in the drawing up and presenting of AIDS policies.

    President Mbeki's absence …

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