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Taking on the Quacks

Written by Anna Maria Lombard

Welcome to CAPETOWN ‘€“ the seat of a government that for many years confused it’€™s people about the best ways for treating HIV. Vitamins, olive oil, lemon and beetroot, and a number of traditional therapies were promoted over scientifically proven life-prolonging anti-retroviral treatment.

aaed8f73fd1f.jpgCape Town is also the city where we begin our countrywide investigation into snake-oil salesmen and voodoo scientists.

Over two weeks, travelling to Durban and Johannesburg, we’€™ll find quack after quack openly advertising cures for anything from bad luck to AIDS.

This insert was aired on E-TV’s 3rd Degree on 25 November 2008.


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Anna Maria Lombard