Mandela, Machel and Tutu on HIV/ AIDS

Mandela, Machel and Tutu on HIV/ AIDS


“Let us give publicity to HIV/AIDS and not hide it, because the only way to make it appear like a normal illness like tuberculosis, like cancer, is always to come out and say somebody has died because of HIV/AIDS, and people will stop regarding it as something extraordinary.”
NELSON MANDELA announces his son Makgatho Mandela died of an AIDS-related illness (Johannesburg, 6 January 2005)


“Without your crying and your very targeted advocacy work, South Africa would not praise itself as a country that is providing treatment to the biggest programme in the world. And that is a result of your work, your persistence and also of the professional way in which you research, you make sure that you make sense for people in positions of power to listen to your voice. So, I just want to thank you. My presence here is simply to show solidarity so that in my very small way you can know that I’m with you. “
GRAÇA MACHEL, Soweto Marathon (Johannesburg, 2 November 2014)


“HIV/AIDS brought out the worst and best in us. Political paralysis caused delay and confusion. Death blighted the land. But citizen activism led by the Treatment Action Campaign in particular restored hope and dignity. The actions of the TAC were a vindication of our wonderful constitution.”
ARCHBISHOP EMERITUS DESMOND MPILO TUTU issues a global appeal in support of the TAC (Cape Town, 4 November 2014)