ANC TO ARGUE ABOUT AIDS
By Carol Paton
Sunday Times (South Africa) 10 March 2002
The ANC's National Executive Committee is to debate AIDS next week,
including issues of science such as whether the virus can be scientifically
isolated and whether antiretroviral drugs are effective in its treatment.
The latest convert to the dissident school of thought on AIDS, charismatic
leader Peter Mokaba, is preparing a paper for the meeting that contests the
orthodox view that HIV causes AIDS and that life can be prolonged with
However, other ANC sources said that although "everybody would be free to
raise whatever they wanted" in the NEC's "comprehensive discussion", the
main objective was to discuss AIDS and what to do about it.
A member of the committee, who supports the orthodox view, said that if the
dissidents suggest that "no action can be taken until all the scientific
questions are resolved, there will be a fight".
But as long as a decision was taken to continue along the path that
government had chosen - based on the assumption that HIV causes AIDS - there
would be room for agreement, he said.