8.Cosatu tells Mbeki to say sorry

Cosatu tells Mbeki to say sorry


    Xolani Mbanjwa
    December 01 2009 at 07:40AM
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Submit your commentApologise! That was the message to former president Thabo Mbeki from Cosatu on the eve of World Aids Day (December 1), as the labour federation urged him to say sorry in public “for presiding over hundreds of thousands of Aids-related deaths”.

At a media briefing at which Cosatu also announced that it backed the ANC Youth League’s call for mines – as well as other industries – to be nationalised, general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said Mbeki should apologise for the suffering of those who had died during the era of Aids denialism.

But he stopped short of supporting the Young Communist League’s call for Mbeki to be charged with genocide for the estimated 330 000 deaths that might have been averted had antiretroviral treatment been made available sooner.


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