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HIV/Aids must not be politicised'

The Health Minister says HIV/Aids is not only a governmental issue and should not be politicised.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Picture: GCIS/SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says South Africans should not politicise the issue of HIV and AIDS but acknowledge that it's a social issue, which is not only for the government to tackle.

Motsoaledi was speaking during a health debate with political parties in Johannesburg on Thursday.

The minister says all South Africans have a responsibility to fight the disease.

"South Africans must not try to reinvent the wheel and isolate ourselves. We should not politicise this whole issue, because it's a societal problem."

While all political parties agree that Motsoaledi has been succeeding in his fight, they have emphasised that after 20 years in power the African National Congress could do more to improve health in the country.

The minister responded by saying he acknowledged that his department started some health policies on the wrong foot but was now rectifying its mistakes.