National 14.3.2016 02:02 pm

Mbeki HIV argument gains support on Twitter

Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Gallo Images

Former president Thabo Mbeki. Picture: Gallo Images

“Some observations on HIV & mortality in South Africa”

Former president Thabo Mbeki’s argument of Twitter gained lots of support from people who praised him “for his facts” on the issue of HIV/Aids. There were also some people who still regarded him as a denialist.

This comes after Mbeki released his letter titled “Some observations on HIV & mortality in South Africa” in a series of letters he normally publishes on Mondays.

In the letter, the former president demonstrates what he calls an increase in the number of people who died of HIV between 2008 and 2013. Citing figures apparently issued by StatsSA, Mbeki argues that there has been a decrease in the number of HIV related deaths.

“The StatsSA reports indicate that the number of people who died from what it calls ‘Human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] disease’ increased from 15 097 in 2008 to 23 203 in 2013, that is by 8 106 – a 54% increase over five years,” Mbeki said.

However, Africa Check dismissed Mbeki’s figures as “misleading”. The organisation claims that “HIV deaths are far higher than those shown in the data presented by Mbeki, with AIDS accounting for 46.3% of all deaths in 2006.”

Read Mbeki’s full letter below: 

Some Observations on Hiv

This is what people had to say on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/HUSTLADJ/status/709316777138900992

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