Fight to get HIV+ people on ARVs not over, says activist Mazibuko
Sixteen years ago, Lucky Mazibuko refused to take the life-saving ARV drugs as a form of protest until they were available to all who needed them.
JOHANNESBURG - HIV activist and former newspaper columnist Lucky Mazibuko says there are still too many people living with the virus that are not receiving antiretrovirals (ARV).
Mazibuko was visited by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane in his home in Soweto on Saturday to present him with a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to the fight against the virus.
Sixteen years ago, Mazibuko refused to take the life-saving ARV drugs as a form of protest until they were available to all who needed them.
Mazibuko said the fight is not over.
“I was on an oxygen mask three times, on a verge of death. Demanding that treatment must be provided to all our people living with HIV. There’s still 3.5 million [people] more to go.”
In a statement on the party's website, Maimane said: "Lucky Mazibuko’s contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS – and particularly in helping break down the stigma so that more people could openly seek help and treatment – has been of immense value to all South Africans living with HIV and Aids."
"We are living in a time now where so many of our heroes have been forgotten.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 20, 2019
Many South Africans are living today because of the struggle of activists like Lucky Mazibuko." - @MmusiMaimane pic.twitter.com/6gZ92OTx39
Leader @MmusiMaimane hands over a certificate of appreciation to Lucky Mazibuko.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 20, 2019
"I am honoured to pay tribute to one of Soweto’s proudest sons, and a true servant of not only this community here in Soweto, but indeed our whole country." pic.twitter.com/vRqY0KMkuw
MUST WATCH: Lucky Mazibuko thanks the DA for the recognition & recounts the time he stood against govt; refusing life-saving ARVs until it was available to all.— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 20, 2019
"Thank you for remembering that there were servants like myself who sacrificed their lives when there was no reward." pic.twitter.com/TnyomhScKG