Trade unions in South Africa have put pressure on Pretoria not to okay PrePex, touted as a nonsurgical, safe and inexpensive medical device designed to facilitate voluntary medical male circumcision of adults while reducing the spread of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa.
“We know what it can and cannot do, but we have not come to any conclusion on it yet,” Health Department spokesman Joe Maila said, according to South African news outlet Business Daily. “We are under no pressure from anyone, but I can’t say when we will take that decision. When we do take that decision we will tell the nation about that decision and why we took it.”
The boycott of the device was initiated in 2013 by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, known as Cosatu, and the African National Congress, who have been outspoken supporters of the Boycott Divest Sanctions campaign at the center of international pro-Palestinian efforts.