The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Mbeki and the witch doctors
Innocence-wise, Tom DeLay is like a new-born fluffy kitten  compared to the boss of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki.
Not only does he refuse to acknowledge that HIV causes AIDS, it seems that he had legislation passed which enables witch-doctors to get government money for handing out their mumbo-jumbo ju-ju 'remedies'.
No doubt, they're a good deal cheaper than anti-retrovirals (even those of Third World manufacture), and - my suspicion - these witch-doctors act something like precinct captains for the ANC, keeping the voters in line.
Mostly, it's about saving one ugly face.
The AIDS-related annual death rate in South Africa is running at around 220,000 - a good slug more than the tsunami accounted for, and that was a one-shot deal.
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