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Claim number: 11

Claimant: Zeblon Gwala

Claim date: Dec. 6, 2007

Brand name: Ubhejane

Forum in which the claim was made: Advert in Ilanga Newspaper

Claim methodology: Herbal drink

Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Frequent

Actual claim: Cures AIDS

Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible


Zeblon Gwala advertised Ubhejane as an AIDS cure


Documents relevant to this claim


Gwala sold Ubhejane for years from a facility in Pinetown near Durban. The product was sold as a treatment or cure for HIV, but was never tested or registered by the Medicines Control Council.
The Department of Health, under former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, issued two statements in support of Mr. Gwala in February 2006.
TAC lodged a complaint to ASASA in response to an advertisement published in Ilanga newspaper, which advertised Ubhejane as a treatment for AIDS. The complaint was upheld. TAC also launched an official complaint to The Department of Health's Law Enforcement Unit in April 2008, but no action was taken.

See ASASA Ruling at: http://www.asasa.org.za/ResultDetail.aspx?Ruling=4115

On 22 June 2010 it was incorrectly reported in Business Report that Ubhejane was registered with the Medicines Control Council (MCC). Ubhejane has not been registered as a medicine in South Africa. In response, TAC called on The Law Enforcement Unit of the Department of Health to immediately investigate the assertion made by Mr Zeblon Gwala that Ubhejane has been registered.