Former South African President Thabo Mbeki answers questions in Parliament in Cape Town, September 20, 2000. While refusing to recognise the HIV virus as the sole cause of AIDS, Mbeki said that the linkage between them formed the basis of his governments AIDS policy. Mbeki has come under increasing criticism, both internationally and from within the ranks of his alliance partners, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), for his stance on the issue.
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“As we welcome President Mbeki as our new Chancellor‚ we are excited about the value his stature and intellectual standing will add to our university at the time where the prospects of the Africa Rising Narrative seem to be realistic enough for the continent to claim its prominent place in the global community”‚ said Unisa Principal and Vice Chancellor‚ Professor Mandla Makhanya.