This is an archive of the Treatment Action Campaign's public documents from December 1998 until October 2008. I created this website because the TAC's website appears unmaintained and people were concerned that it
was becoming increasingly hard to find important documents.

The menu items have been slightly edited and a new stylesheet applied to the site. But none of the documents have been edited, not even for minor errors. The text appears on this site as obtained from the Internet Archive.

The period covered by the archive encompassed the campaign for HIV medicines, the civil disobedience campaigns, the Competition Commission complaints, the 2008 xenophobic violence and the PMTCT, Khayelitsha health workers and Matthias Rath court cases.

Jonathan Berger Responds to the Minister of Health's spokesperson's racist nonsense about TAC in the Mail & Guardian.

19 May, 2006

Jonathan Berger is a researcher in and head of the Aids Law Project's Law and Treatment Access Unit

Sibani, thanks for your insightful analysis of the TAC. Now I know it is divided into "reasonable whites and Indians," "troublemaking coloureds" and "unthinking blacks."

As a white, aspirant marathon runner who works for the Aids Law Project, am I in Heywood's camp? Or as an openly gay man who enjoys a good fight, let alone an opportunity to "destabilise our democracy," am I part of Achmat's gang? Or as an African (are we not all Africans?), driven by my passion to deal with HIV/Aids, am I one of Mthathi's "useful idiots?"

Perhaps I am too stupid to care. In which case, kindly advise me on how to deal with a pressing matter - Matthias Rath. Should I: