Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

International News
South Africa: Case Prolonging Prisoners' Suffering

August 24, 2006

A legal battle over antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive Westville Prison inmates has resulted in unlawful and unnecessary suffering by the plaintiffs, the Durban High Court heard yesterday. One of the 15 prisoners for whom AIDS Law Project filed suit has already died while the matter was being argued. ALP attorney Andrea Gabriel said further delays in the appeal process would only perpetuate the inmates' suffering. Marumo Moerane, attorney for the state, argued the government had fulfilled its Constitutional obligations in providing adequate care to inmates and said Judge Thumba Pillay had erred in ordering the health minister, correctional services department and government to provide ARV access to the 15 prisoners and others in similar situations. A judgment is expected on Monday.

Back to other news for August 24, 2006

Excerpted from:
Daily News (Durban)
08.24.06; Monica Laganparsad




This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:
http://www.thebody.com/content/art24143.html

General Disclaimer: TheBody.com is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through TheBody.com should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.