05 February 2014
Yesterday, on the occasion of World Cancer
Day, the IFP wrote to the Speaker of the National Assembly
requesting that Parliament debates, as a matter of public
importance, the impact of the Cancer pandemic on South African
people, our economy and our society, and Government’s options
and strategies to respond thereto.
Cancer has become the ignored elephant in the
corner of South African politics, economic and social dynamics.
Parliament has not even debated the issue, despite finding
plenty of time to debate things such as general happiness.
The suffering and deaths of millions have been
ignored as if they were an unavoidable fact of life beyond
government’s and society’s capability to ameliorate and redress
them. But that is not the case; there are effective strategies
and options to reduce the plight of millions.
The IFP is calling on Government to adopt and
implement them. People are dying of Cancer, but they are also
dying of bad law and bad policies relating to Cancer in what can
only be seen in terms of genocide.
There is no effective prevention against
Cancer and, according to statistics, one person in every 2.8 is
going to have Cancer at some point in his or her life. This
makes Cancer the most important priority not only for the health
system but also for the whole of society, as the cost of Cancer
to business and families exceeds the cost of any other
The IFP will continue to mobilise awareness of
the magnitude of this problem, and all that can be done to
ameliorate and redress it.
ISSUED BY: MARIO GR ORIANI-AMBROSINI MP 082