MEDIA STATEMENT BY THE
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


Time to Debate Cancer Seriously

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 social-health plague. 

 

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 082 556 0240