The international community celebrated last year when Barbara Hogan was appointed Minister of Health in South Africa, replacing the controversial former Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (aka Dr. Beetroot). Although Hogan herself has since been replaced, this move was cheered by many due to the fact that “Manto” has been seen as an HIV denialist and personally responsible for denying treatment to thousands in need. (To read more, my friend Pride Chigwedere has an article on this topic, read more here).

It is therefore quite shocking that the controversial former Minister has been appointed an African Union “Goodwill Ambassador” on maternal, infant and child health. Activists in South Africa are shocked, and so am I. Read more here. Then again, the AU welcomed Mugabe after his “successful” re-election last year.

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