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TAC's plans to leave Sanac a bad move - Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa he was disturbed by utterances that the TAC wanted to withdraw from the council over allegations of a governance crisis.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS.

STERKFONTEIN - Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says it would be a bad move for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) to leave the South African National Aids Council (Sanac) in the same way he believes it would be “suicidal” for the South African Communist Party (SACP) leave the tripartite alliance.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the TAC’s annual congress in Sterkfontein on Thursday in his capacity as chair of Sanac.

He says he was disturbed by utterances that the TAC wanted to withdraw from the council over allegations of a governance crisis.

The TAC, along with a number of other organisations, recently threatened to withdraw from Sanac, saying it was failing to provide leadership and took issue with targets contained in the national strategic plan on HIV and TB.

On Thursday, Ramaphosa warned that this would be a bad move for the TAC.

“It would be the worst move the TAC has ever taken, just like what I was saying when I addressed the SACP congress, when I heard communists saying they may want to leave the alliance and I said: 'That would be suicidal'.”

He says that concerns about the plan are being addressed but says it would be unwise for organisations to turn their backs on this plan, which has the potential to provide real solutions.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)