PRESS STATEMENT BY
INKATHA FREEDOM PARTY


IFP Youth Brigade supports Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi's call

Durban: February 10, 2005

IFP Youth Brigade supports Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi's call for compulsory HIV testing before marriage.

The IFP Youth Brigade National Chairperson, Mr Thulasizwe Buthelezi, today added his weight behind the IFP President's call for compulsory HIV testing for couples that want to get married.

"This is not a human rights issue. It is a question of whether we survive as a nation or whether we allow HIV/AIDS to completely decimate us as a nation."

"The IFP Youth Brigade believes that especially in a country where women and child abuse has become endemic to society; women and men going into lifelong commitments deserve to know the HIV status of their partners."

"The IFP Youth Brigade further believes that HIV/AIDS will ultimately be defeated by an earnest focus on family values. Our family values as Africans are firmly embedded in our traditions of faithfulness, respect for one's spouse and healthy living," commented Thulasizwe.

"The call by the IFP President presents an opportunity for young people around the country to nip this devastating disease in the bud, as HIV/AIDS affects young people most. In making this call, we believe that Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi is not merely speaking as a political leader, but he is reaching out to the young people of this country as a father who knows the pain and loss inflicted by HIV/AIDS."

For further information contact:
Thulasizwe Buthelezi
083 482 7936