Critics say that Thabo Mbeki’s character matters less than his AIDS denialism. But these things are actually intimately linked.
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So Thabo Mbeki is attempting to rewrite history, or at least his place in it, and he may or may not get to writing about his beliefs on HIV/AIDS.
As someone who was actively involved in telling him how wrong he was, I cannot say I am looking forward to seeing him attempt to explain himself.
Because he was wrong in so many ways: wrong in his disbelief; wrong in his actively courting the loony dissidents; wrong in buying into the “ARVs are just poisons” belief; wrong in buying into the conspiracy theories around Big Pharma.
And wrong not to believe scientists in his own country, who did their very best to convince him, using the best evidence on hand, that HIV causes AIDS, and ARVs mitigate the effects.
I think he should appear before a tribunal of some kind, one day, to explain himself – and be prepared to take the withering criticism of those like me who believe he was partially culpable in the deaths of several hundreds of thousands of people in South Africa who could otherwise have been saved by ARVs.
Manto Tshabala-Msimang should be alongside him, of course – but she has taken herself and her several livers off to the grave, and he would stand alone.