SACP Calls for HIV/Aids to Be Made a Notifiable Disease

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BYLINE: XOLANI MBANJWA and GAYE DAVIS

THE South African Communist Party (SACP) yesterday came out in support of plans to make HIV/Aids a notifiable disease, but Aids activists warned it would "shoot in the foot" the government's planned "Know your status" campaign.

This is due to be officially launched by President Jacob Zuma tomorrow to mark World Aids Day.

Zuma and Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, along with dignitaries from the UN and the EU, are set to address a gathering at the Pretoria Showgrounds in Tshwane tomorrow.

Presidency sources indicated yesterday that "major announcements" regarding the government's approach to dealing with the pandemic would be made at the event.

Yesterday, briefing journalists on the outcome of his party's central committee meeting, SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande reiterated the call for HIV/Ads to be made a notifiable disease.

Motsoaledi on Friday afternoon briefed the SACP's central committee, spelling out the state of play in combating the pandemic. The Cape Times understands that he argued in favour of the disease being made notifiable, as this would provide accurate statistics and enable better planning. …