S. African AIDS activists: Good riddance to Dr. Garlic

By: AP
By: AP

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- Many hailed the removal of Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, seen in file photo, as health minister.

1 of 2 Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was widely dubbed "Dr. Garlic" because of her promotion of nutritional remedies like garlic, lemon and olive oil for people with the AIDS virus.

South Africa's new President Kgalema Motlanthe, sworn in on Thursday, removed the health minister to a less important Cabinet position.

The Treatment Action Campaign, a prominent AIDS activist group in South Africa, immediately threw a party outside Parliament. The opposition party hailed the news Friday.

South Africa's Parliament chose the deputy president of the ruling ANC party, Kgalema Motlanthe, as interim president to replace outgoing President Thabo Mbeki, the African National Congress said.

Motlanthe replaced Tshabalala-Msimang with an anti-apartheid veteran.


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