After a decade of adversarial relations with Manto Tshabalala-Msimang (who advocated "garlic and beetroot" rather than antiretrovirals), leading HIV/AIDS activist group Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) is celebrating the appointment of Barbara Hogan as South Africa's new Minister of Health.
"We are confident that Hogan has the ability to improve the South African health system. She has been one of the few Members of Parliament to speak out against AIDS denialism and to offer support to the TAC, even during the worst period of AIDS denialism by former President Thabo Mbeki and former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang. 0n 14 February 2003, she received the TAC memorandum to President Mbeki for a treatment plan. She was removed as Finance Portfolio Chairperson by Mbeki in part for her stand on HIV/AIDS. She has a reputation for being hard-working, competent and principled."