Although he had spoken publicly about the impact of HIV on South Africa as early as 1992 at the launch of the National Aids Convention of South Africa, Nelson Mandela had been criticised for hardly addressing the issue after becoming president in May 1994... But this changed in December 2002 when he visited an HIV clinic of the humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders on the Cape Flats and put on a T-shirt written "HIV positive", which TAC supporters had been wearing in marches and which had become "a symbol of the struggle for justice and reason and openness in the Aids debate.

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