CAPE TOWN– South African Deputy President David Mabuza says the government’s collaborative approach in its fight against HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis (TB) is yielding results.

Respoding to oral questions in the National Assembly here Tuesday, he said the government’s success in responding to the fight against TB called for a more holistic intervention by all sectors of society, including leaders across Government and business.

We have made substantial progress in terms of collaborative work with the institutions of traditional leadership. The South African National AIDS Council participated in the induction of new leadership of the National House of Traditional Leaders in February this year,” mabuza said.

“This followed on the national pledge they had made as traditional leaders in December 2017 in the Eastern Cape to meet the fight against HIV and TB. Subsequently, there were engagements with traditional leaders in KwaZulu-Natal to lead the fight against HIV and AIDS and TB.

“The commemoration of World TB Day [in March] was implemented in partnership with the royal households and the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders. This was officiated under the leadership and support of His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini.”

Mabuza said the government was planning to make a series of follow-ups with other traditional leaders and the broader civil society to intensify this fight. Plans include having have premiers and mayors chair provincial and local AIDS councils

Mabuza said, meanwhile, that collaboration with traditional councils was part of the government’s acknowledgement of the important role that traditional leaders can play, not only in the fight against HIV and AIDS and TB, but to all other social ills bedevilling society.