Activists march during a Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) event during a World Aids Day event in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, 01 December 2014. South Africa is one of the worst effected areas of the world with regard to HIV and Aids.
FREE STATE - The ANC Youth League in the Free State wants the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) deregistered.
The organisation is accusing the TAC of being in cahoots with the Democratic Alliance to get rid of Health MEC Benny Malakoane.
Malakoane is facing more than 100 counts of fraud and corruption.
The charges relate to alleged tender fraud when he was municipal manager at the Matjhabeng Local Municipality.
TAC said the MEC has failed to fix the dire state of public health.
But the Youth League is sticking by Malakoene.
"TAC is a political party that is masking itself as a non-profit organisation. For a period of time, they have been in partnership with opposition parties like the DA with attempts to attack everything that is positive with the African National Congress," said Makalo Mohale of the ANCYL.
"We know that the call for the MEC to be dismissed is the call of the DA, it’s just that the TAC could not wait they are now exposed that they work with the DA."
"We respect these comrades that are marching against us today, it is their constitutional right. But then again it shows how misinformed these people are. The people that are organising these marches are people that clearly do not understand what is happening in our public health facilities. They have no idea," said TAC&39;s Patrick Mdletshe.
Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders and the Rural Health Advocacy Project has come out in support of the TAC.
In a joint statement, the organisations criticised the ANCYL&39;s calls for TAC&39;s deregistratiuon.
"The recent calls by political organisations to deregister TAC, is like shooting at an ambulance during emergency – it’s self-destructive and short-sighted. In the midst of crises in provincial healthcare TAC’s role as a patient rights’ watchdog is paramount to holding elected health leaders to account for essential services," Dr Prinitha Pillay of the Rural Health Advocacy Project.