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Graca Machel slams African leaders' response to Ebola

She said Africans have forgotten the lessons learnt from the HIV/Aids pandemic.

FILE: Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel has challenged African leaders to explain why it has taken so long to respond to the Ebola outbreak which has claimed more than 5,000 lives.

Machel spoke at an event in Parktown in northern Johannesburg earlier today where the economic impact of the Ebola epidemic on business in Africa was unpacked.

She also criticised businesses for their response to the deadliest outbreak on record.

Machel said it's about time Africans attach value to African lives.

She said Africans have forgotten the lessons learnt from the HIV/Aids pandemic.

Machel said it's clear that organisations and businesses have taken too long to respond to the Ebola outbreak ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

She said because the three worst hit countries are in West Africa, the economic community of West African states should've spoken out on the outbreak with a louder and more authoritative voice.