May 7, 2005
And I thought we’d cornered the market in dumb politicians:
Campaigners yesterday condemned remarks by South Africa’s health minister, who made clear her preference for the health-giving properties of garlic, lemon, olive oil and beetroot over the drugs that the World Health Organisation wants provided to save lives in the population worst-hit by Aids in the world.
Manto Tshabalala-Msimang told a news conference in Cape Town that the government would not be pressured into meeting targets set by the WHO and UNAIDS, the joint UN programme on the disease. Far too little was known about the side effects, she said, echoing comments some years ago by President Thabo Mbeki, who doubted whether HIV caused Aids.
“Raw garlic and a skin of the lemon – not only do they give you a beautiful face and skin but they also protect you from disease,” she said, adding that beetroot was also a vital ingredient in any diet.
Words fail me.
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