TAC letter to Mbeki about Virodene
The Treatment Action Campaign has sent a letter to President Thabo Mbeki formally requesting that he appoint a judicial commission of inquiry into the presidency and health ministry’s involvement in the promotion and testing of Virodene. Read the full letter here as well as a synopsis of the Virodene affair.
The Hon. Mr Thabo M. Mbeki
President of the Republic of South Africa
Private Bag X1000
1 October 2007
By fax and registered mail
(012 323 8246)
Dear President Mbeki
REQUEST FOR A JUDICIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO PRESIDENCY AND HEALTH MINISTRY INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROMOTION AND TESTING OF VIRODENE
Extremely serious allegations have been made by the media and a researcher with regard to the involvement of the Presidency and the Health Ministry in the promotion and testing of Virodene.
This is a formal request for the President to initiate a Judicial Commission of Inquiry under the powers invested in the President as per section 84 (2) of the Constitution.
The commission should examine
1. the extent of the involvement of the President, officials in the Presidency, the Health Minister or any other senior office bearers in government in the promotion and/or testing of Virodene;
2. the extent of involvement by private South African citizens, organisations (public and private) in experimentation on people in South Africa and other African countries;
3. legal steps, if any, that should be taken against officials of the South African government, private citizens and organisations; and
4. if the Presidency or the Health Ministry have been involved in undermining the independence of the Medicines Control Council required by the Constitution and Parliament to prevent unlawful human experimentation and to regulate medicine safety, efficacy and quality in the public interest.
We attach the following documents for your perusal:
James Myburgh’s synopsis The Virodene Affair Parts I to V
Newspaper article by Fiona Forde entitled: Mbeki link to toxic “cure”
We look forward to your urgent response before or on 31 October 2007.
Vuyiseka Dubula (TREATMENT ACTION CAMPAIGN PWA SECTOR CO-ORDINATOR AND SECRETARIAT MEMBER AND SANAC PWA REPRESENTATIVE)
Lihle Dlamini (TREATMENT ACTION CAMPAIGN SECRETARIAT MEMBER AND PWA)
Mr Jody Kollapen, Chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission; Fax (011) 484 8403
Ms Baleka Mbete, Speaker of Parliament; Fax (021) 461 9462
Mr James Ngculu, Chair of the National Assembly Portfolio Committee on Health; Fax (021) 387 6807
Mr Adv Mushwana, Public Protector; Fax (012) 366 7047/ 362 3473
Ms Brigitte Sylvia Mabandla, Justice Minister; Fax (012) 315 1749 or (021) 467 1730
Ms Fatima I. Chohan-Khota, Chair of the National Assembly Justice Portfolio Committee; Fax (011) 760 1583