Chikane won't defend Mbeki's HIV stance

Reverend Frank Chikane says Thabo Mbeki's position on HIV/Aids does not need to be defended.

Reverend Chikane. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Director General in the Presidency Reverend Frank Chikane on Monday said former President Thabo Mbeki's position on HIV/Aids did not need to be defended.

Chikane's new book, The Things That Could Not Be Said, delves into the controversial issues of the Mbeki Presidency including the HIV/Aids debacle, Zimbabwe and the suspension of National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli.

Chikane told Talk Radio 702's Redi Tlhabi earlier, Mbeki was prepared to listen to contradictory views on HIV/Aids and was criticised for this.

"Mbeki doesn't need to be defended about HIV/Aids by the way. I mean he held his views and he still holds them. I cannot judge him on his views. I can only look at how he argued in a particular way."

Chikane also said it was painful that he and his relatives were victimised in retaliation for him speaking the truth in his books.

He said this victimisation could only be ordered by criminals and not honourable ANC members.

"It's victimising you for speaking the truth, telling a story and what's worse it's targeted at my family and that I do not like."