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SA's healthcare system needs complete overhaul, says Maimane

The DA leader was speaking during his visit to the home of HIV activist Lucky Mazibuko in Soweto on Saturday.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane pays tribute to Lucky Mazibuko for his contribution towards the fight against HIV and Aids. Picture: @Our_DA/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the country’s public healthcare system needs a complete overhaul in order to serve all South Africans equally.

Maimane was speaking during his visit to the home of HIV activist Lucky Mazibuko in Soweto on Saturday. The DA presented Mazibuko with a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to the fight against the virus.

Mazibuko has been living with the disease for almost 30 years.

Maimane said there are South African who don’t have access to life-saving drugs.

“With those who are outstanding, we are not certain that they are getting treatment that they need. On behalf of the DA and as a proud South African, I felt it was important to me to come and recognise the great activism and the work that has been done by Lucky Mazibuko,” he said.

Mazibuko agreed with Maimane. Sixteen years ago, he 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 was 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.”

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