We've been hearing reports about the violence in South Africa from our readers for some time now. It seems there's an epidemic of violent crime raging across the country. That's bad enough, but now, I think this news will end South Africa's World Cup hosting chances unless the government wakes up.
I'm talking about the new XTB strain, a virulent form of tuberculosis which has no known treatment. This thing wiped out 52 of 53 HIV-positive patients within 16 days in eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. Wow.
The world community better get on top of this - it's a bigger threat than the "war on terror."
Sadly, the South African Health Minister - Manto Tshabalala-Msimang - is an utter idiot.
After watching her on Nightline a few weeks ago, I was left shaking my head.
She was advocating fresh vegetables as an antidote to HIV-AIDS. See this story.
What's more, Nightline revealed that the health minister and her bosses in the ANC were getting their misinformation from a quack doctor from the USA.
Barack Obama is trying.
The US administration is not. And it's going to come back to hurt us all - if this TB thing isn't contained.