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.

Newsletters, documents and statements in 2005

21 December 2005 - Another TAC member raped and murdered in Khayelitsha. Demonstration against violence against women on Friday 23 December.

We thank all our supporters and members and people fighting for freedom, equality and justice everywhere, for their efforts in 2005.

8 December 2005 - Lorna Mlofana's accused are found guilty

On 13 December 2003, Lorna Mlofana, an active member of one of TAC's Khayelitsha branches was sexually assaulted then murdered.  Her attackers killed her after she told them she was HIV-positive.

The successful prosecution of Lorna's attackers came about due to the efforts of Prosecuter Badenhorst, Khayelitsha Police Commander Jacobs, Inspector Nash and Inspector Sass. TAC thanks them for their efforts. For two years, TAC members have campaigned relentlessly for a successful prosecution of Mlofana's attackers.

For comment: Mandla Majola, TAC Khayelitsha Co-ordinator, 021 364 5489

(Read more here and download  previous TAC commentary on the Lorna Mlofana case.)

1 December 2005 - Antiretrovirals Give Life

On World AIDS Day, two reports have been released demonstrating the success of antiretroviral treatment in developing countries, one from South Africa and the other from Haiti.

For more information click here

30 November 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

Nadine Gordimer donates R1.5 million to TAC

29 November 2005 - TAC and the South African Medical Association take legal action against the Minister of Health

Contents - TAC Electronic Newsletter

For details on the court case and other news please click here
For a copy of TAC's court files please click here.

23 November 2005 - Defend the rights and health of children: Stop damaging amendments to the Children's Bill

Write to Joyce Masilo, Chair of Select Committe on Social Services, c/o, Arico Kotze, Committee Secretary, Select Committee on Social Services stating that:

For more information on the Children's Bill and the proposed amendments click here.

2 November 2005 - Analysis of deaths on Matthias Rath illegal clinical trial


For more information please click here.

27 October 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Electronic Newsletter

21 October 2005 - Advertising Standards Authority dismisses complaint against TAC

TAC recognised as acceptable organisation to run an HIV/AIDS education campaign:

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA) has dismissed a complaint by an AIDS denialist against TAC for our widely distributed Talk About Nutrition and HIV  public information advertisement. ASASA ruled that our claims were verified. ASASA has also recognised TAC as an acceptable organisation to run "an educational or information campaign addressed to the lay public" on HIV/AIDS.

TAC thanks the following organisations for their assistance in managing this complaint: Southern African HIV Clinicians Society, South African Medical Association, UNAIDS, Soul City, Nutrition Information Centre University of Stellenbosh, AIDS Law Project, Department of Human Nutrition Nelson Mandela Medical School and the AIDS Law Project.

The ruling is available here or at:

20 October 2005 - >Resolutions of the Third TAC National Congress 

“We ask President Mbeki to lead the struggle against the HIV epidemic.”
-- Linda Mafu, TAC National Organiser

“Many people who were at the last National congress are not [alive] today. This is not a fashionable struggle but one which is costing us lives.”
-- Reverend Molefe Tsele, General-Secretary South African Council of Churches

Between September 23-25 over 600 delegates convened in Cape Town for the third TAC National Congress themed 'Women and People with HIV leadership for a People's Health Service'. The TAC Congress was rich in discussion and debates. Delegates drew up numerous resolutions and pledged their commitment to intensify TAC's current campaigns. The integral of the Congress Declaration and Resolutions can be found in the link below.

Congress Declaration and Resolutions

4 October 2005 - Briefing on the Constitutional Court Judgment in the Minister of Health v New Clicks (Medicine Pricing Regulations)


"[The Minister] evinced a deplorable lack of respect for … the highest court in this country in respect of all matters other than constitutional matters.”
(Former Chief Justice Chaskalson)
“it is just to reflect disapproval of the Minister’s failure to present argument on the merits in … [the SCA by requiring] the Minister to bear the costs of the Pharmacies in full in that court.”
(The Court)

Link to Briefing

29 September 2005 - TAC calls on Government and President Mbeki to end HIV Denialism and Treat 200,000 by 2006

Please note: We intend to release a full report of the Third TAC National Congress that took place on 23 to 25 September by next week.

Tac Newsletter

22 September 2005 - TAC'S Third National Congress to Debate Progress of Implementation of Treatment Plan

20 September 2005 - More on Delmas Diarrhoea Outbreak Story

TAC Newsletter

TAC National Congress Details

18 September 2005 - TAC Investigation finds Evidence that Official Delmas Typhoid and Diarrhoea Deaths are Underestimated

Link to Report

15 September 2005

7 September 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

22 August 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

18 August 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

3 August 2005 - Matthias Rath and TAC's efforts to stop his harmful activities

Documents relating to TAC's defamation case against Rath and TAC's efforts to stop Rath's illegal medical practices and unethical treatment of patients.

25 July 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

25 July 2005 - New Treatment Literacy Posters

New Treatment Literacy HIV/AIDS educational posters are available on the TAC website. Poster topics include blood tests, side effects, sexual health, Immune Reconstitution Syndrome (IRS), and the HIV/AIDS Treatment Plan.

You can access them through the Treatment Literacy page.

14 July 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

13 July 2005 - Forty Injured, Ten Shot at Peaceful Protest to Demand Treatment

Press Conference Statement on 13 July 2005

Video clips of the police brutality:

Note: Watch ETV News tonight (13/7/2005) at 7 for television coverage. SABC News chose not to cover this event, or the TAC press conference

30 June 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

21 June 2005 - Poverty of AIDS denialist arguments demonstrated in debate on Tim Modise show.

See the transcript of a debate between TAC's Nathan Geffen and Anthony Brink of the Rath Foundation.


9 June 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

7 June 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

19 May 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter

11 May 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Electronic Newsletter

26 April 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Electronic Newsletter

25 April 2005 - Equal Treatment May 2005 is out

Electronic copy of Equal Treatment (PDF file)...

For a copy of Equal Treatment, contact your nearest TAC provincial office or call Faniswa at the TAC National Office on 021 7883507 to have a copy posted to you.

19 April 2005 - TAC Briefing: The harmful activities of Matthias Rath

Full reports in TAC Newsletter 19 April 2005

19 April 2005 - Defend the right to privacy. Justice for three women with HIV/AIDS

Full report.....

11 April 2005 - HIVNET 012 trial has been validated

The scientific results and ethical conduct of the HIVNET 012 trial has been validated by an independent analysis of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.
Read their press statement...

4 April 2005 - TAC News Service

Mass meeting of TAC Western Cape members resolves to encourage people to get treated and to stop charlatans like Matthias Rath. TAC is encouraged by efforts of Deputy-Minister of Health Madlala-Routledge.

New regular feature: A community story as told by TAC members. In today's story, Zanele Mncube tells about the health-care problems faced in Mpophomeni Kwazulu-Natal and what is being done by the community to improve things.

1 April 2005 - TAC News Service

United Nations and Western Cape government release statements condemning misinformation on antiretrovirals.

United Nations condemns irresponsible attack on antiretroviral therapy

Western Cape government affirms success of antiretroviral treatment - condemns misinformation.

23 March 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC chairperson, Zackie Achmat, is recovering well from a heart attack

Help campaign for the Indian patent bill to be revised.

Support the Save Jobs Coalition; stop Rex Trueform from retrenching 1000 workers.

23 March 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

Yesterday the Indian Lower House of Parliament approved a new bill that will make it more difficult to access affordable generics.

South African Medical Association condemns Matthias Rath.

Southern African HIV Clinicians Society condemns Matthias Rath.

14 March 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

TAC Newsletter 14 March 2005

ASASA ruling.

Article by COSATU's Neva Makgetla in Business Day, 11 March 2005, calling for an end to denialism.

The Price of Denial by Mark Heywood (a history of political denial about the HIV epidemic)

10 March 2005 - State of the ARV Rollout

Government has supplied the number of patients receiving ART through Dec. 2004 / Jan. 2005.
ARV Statistics

10 March 2005 - Resolutions of NEC Meeting, 24-25 January 2005.

Some of the resolutions which were agreed upon:

Full report of the resolutions of NEC Meeting, 24-25 January 2005

1 March 2005 - Medicine Pricing Regulations Court Case - New documents posted

Papers filed yesterday in the TAC application to be admitted as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the medicine pricing regulations case at the Constitutional Court.
Medicine Pricing Regulations Court Case Documents

23 February 2005 - Joint COSATU and TAC statement on failure of government to spend SA National AIDS Trust money

SA National AIDS Council is failing to build a genuine partnership against HIV/AIDS
Joint Statement...

21 February 2005 - The Price of Denial by Mark Heywood

TAC treasurer, Mark Heywood, has written a short history of the effects of political denial on the HIV epidemic in South Africa. This was published in Development Update.
The Price of Denial (MS Word document)

21 February 2005 - TAC Electronic Newsletter

Statistics South Africa mortality report confirms massive increase in deaths due to AIDS.

Thousands march to parliament demanding that government treat 200 000 by 2006

Statement by Rural Doctors Association of South Africa in support of antiretroviral rollout in rural areas

10 February 2005 - Treat 200 000 by 2006

Treat 200,000 by 2006 - TAC's Key Campaigns for 2005. On 16 February, TAC will march to Parliament demanding that 200,000 people be put on treatment by the beginning of 2006. The march starts at 11am at Keizersgraght Street in Cape Town. This article describes TAC's plans for 2005. We appeal to everyone to join our march and we urge President Mbeki to give serious attention to HIV in his State of the Nation speech tomorrow.

Levis Rage for Revolution concert will raise money for the TAC Treatment Project. All money given to TAC will be used to pay for antiretroviral treatment for people. It takes place on Saturday 12 February from 14:30 till late at the Castle in Cape Town. Tickets can be purchased at Levis Stores, through Computicket or at the gate and are R50 (R60 through Computicket).

Law and Freedom is a new two-part television series by Zackie Achmat that explores key human rights cases in South Africa. The series will be broadcast on SABC 1 on Monday 14 and 21 February at 22:00. It examines pass laws, death penalty, housing, pensions and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV court cases.

SACC Statement on Condoms. SACC General-Secretary, Rev. Molefe Tsele, says condoms are essential to anti-AIDS campaign..

31 January 2005 - TAC electronic newsletter

Calculation of mortality in South Africa confirms massive increase in AIDS deaths

Minister of Health and the Pharmacists - An Updated Fact Sheet on the Medicines Act and the Pricing Regulations

28 January 2005 - New TAC Constitution adopted

TAC members vote by a large majority to adopt the amended TAC Constitution.

Adopted TAC Constitution with amendments that were approved

24 January 2005 - TAC electronic newsletter

FDA advisory which clarifies the safety, efficacy and appropriate use of nevirapine, 20 January 2005

Report and resolutions of meeting of Joint Civil Society Monitoring Forum, Bloemfontein, 19 November 2004. (MSWord Document)

17 January 2005 - TAC Responds to ANC Today

ANC Today Article is Inaccurate and Contradicts ANC and Government Policy

TAC response to ANC Today article that potentially undermines government's mother-to-child transmission prevention programme and attacks the TAC

Letter from TAC to ANC

ANC Today article of 17 December 2004 undermining government's mother-to-child transmission prevention programme and attacks the TAC

10 January 2005 - TAC Expresses Condolences to the Mandela family

TAC Supports Madiba's call on people to volunteer to test for HIV and disclose HIV infection