Actor Danny Glover Urges South African Government to Do More to Address AIDS Crisis
April 15, 2002
In a letter last week, actor Danny Glover and three other prominent activists have urged South African President Thabo Mbeki to do more to tackle his country's rampant AIDS epidemic. "We write to you today because we are alarmed about the unnecessary loss of life resulting from the South African government's stance on combating the HIV/AIDS crisis," said the letter, also signed by the Rev. Wyatt Tee Walker and Salih Booker, both heads of Africa Action, and Bill Fletcher, president of TransAfrica. Both organizations opposed apartheid and supported Mbeki's African National Congress. "Your government's hesitation regarding the expansion of antiretroviral programs, especially those designed to reduce mother-to-child [HIV] transmission, is contributing to the unnecessary and unacceptable loss of life, and hindering the advancement of national development," Glover and the other activists said. Presidential spokesperson Bheki Khumalo confirmed receipt of the letter, saying while the authors' concerns were appreciated, they did not fully understand the government's anti-AIDS program, which was the most comprehensive in Africa.Adapted from:
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