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(From Guardian Unlimited)
South Africa's president, Jacob Zuma, today pledged to undergo an HIV test in an attempt to draw a line under an era of political inertia blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths.
In a speech on World Aids Day, Zuma told crowds in Pretoria that all HIV-positive babies under the age of one will receive anti-retroviral drugs as part of a huge expansion of treatment.
The declaration marked a final break with the stance of his predecessor and rival, Thabo Mbeki, whose unwillingness to act has been cited for the world's highest HIV caseload and the premature deaths of 300,000 people. There are growing calls for Mbeki to apologise or …