CAPE TOWN, South Africa (PANA) - The South African Department
of Health has completed investigations into reports of condoms
damaged by staples, which were distributed to people during the
Condom Week Campaign earlier this month.
The investigation established that a non-government
organisation, collaborating with the Department of Health in
the campaign, inadvertently damaged an unknown number of
condoms by stapling them onto leaflets with information on the
The affected condoms were later distributed in Soweto and
Johannesburg. No evidence of similar practices were found in
KwaZulu- Natal or elsewhere. The Department said although the
exact number of condoms damaged in this process is uncertain,
the public has, however been advised against using them.
Meanwhile, all distributors have been alerted to the problem
and advised to discontinue the practice.
"The Department of Health commends the media for alerting us to
this anomaly. It is through such vigilance, that the vision of
Partnership Against AIDS, launched by Deputy President Thabo
Mbeki, in October last year, can be translated into concrete
"Despite the problem of damaged condoms, the campaign has been
successful in sending a clear message to the public, that the
use of condoms remains the most effective way of preventing
STD's HIV and unwanted pregnancies," said Khnagelani Hlongwane,