n Law, Democracy & Development - Editorial




We speak about 'the AIDS crisis' in South Africa. The crisis has three distinct but inter-related components, each stemming from and exacerbating the other. The first is the crisis of illness and debilitation and death. Our people are falling ill and they are dying. Nationwide AIDS is already the largest cause of death amongst young adults. This is not just a conclusion derived from statistical surveys and actuarial calculations. It is a fact whose sombre presence has already entered too many households, too many workplaces, and too many homes and families to be denied. In especially our townships and rural areas, people are dying, in greater numbers than before, and in disturbingly changed demographic patterns. They are dying of AIDS.


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