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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.
"The Constitution places specific obligations on Parliament which are essential to maintaining our democratic form of government. Amongst these requirements are the obligations to involve the public in the legislative process, provide guidance and limits on the powers of the executive, and maintain active oversight over the actions of governmental officials. In the experience of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) and the AIDS Law Project (ALP) there is a tendency, particularly in the Portfolio Committee on Health, to defer substantive matters of policy to the Executive in ways which fail to uphold these constitutional obligations and which the Constitutional Court has made clear in multiple decisions, threatens the ability of citizens to uphold their rights."
-- ALP/TAC Submission to the Panel for the Independent Assessment of Parliament
On 12 February 2008, TAC and the AIDS Law Project (ALP) made a submission to the Panel for the Independent Assessment of Parliament. About 30 TAC members attended the session and also heard an excellent submission from the Legal Resources Centre.
Mark Heywood presented for the ALP. Nomfundo Eland presented for TAC. The panel asked engaging, intelligent questions.
The panel is currently due to make its recommendations in March.
The TAC/ALP submission can be downloaded here.