On 9 June 2015, TAC Chairperson NKHENSANI MAVASA delivered the opening session speech at the SA AIDS Conference 2015. Here, in full, is the text of the address.
Honorable Deputy President, conference delegates, people living with HIV, healthcare workers, friends and comrades,
My name is Nkhensani Mavasa. I am from a village called Thomo in Giyani, Limpopo Province. I am a mother of three. I am from a province which has been experiencing stock-outs for months.
Fifteen years ago the International AIDS conference was held here in Durban. At that conference we marched because effective treatment for AIDS was available, but ordinary people like me could not have access to it. That march brought together various organisations and individuals, creating an opportunity for human rights activists like myself, scientists, business people and many others who are here today. It was a historic moment that ignited the global AIDS movement for change. Change from just making profit to saving lives.
We have come a very long way since that day. Hundreds of thousands of people died unnecessarily because of the AIDS denialism of former president Thabo Mbeki and Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. Many children lost parents because there was no treatment….
Source : Daily Maverick