The Wrath of Rath
Ah, good old Matthias Rath, snake-oil salesman and con man delux. He’s always good for a laugh.
Rath is in the papers again today, regarding his defamation suit against a Cape Town doctor, Eric Goemaere, who allegedly called him a ‘killer’ and a ‘liar’. The doctor freely admits to doing so, and points out that these are based on fact and are in the interest of public safety, thus not defamatory.
In addition Rath is also suing Sapa, former education minister Kader Asmal, the Health-e news service, HIV/Aids expert Professor Jerry Coovadia, the DA and its health spokesperson, Dianne Kohler-Barnard, and the South African head of Medicines Sans Frontiers. It seems a lot of people don’t like him and aren’t afraid to say it.
Of course, when you read the quote from the doctor, you notice an interesting habit of Rath’s, that seems unique to people who peddle lies for a living. Dr Goemaere stated:
“By those words he (Rath) claims that I am a killer prescribing these (anti-retroviral) drugs, but I believe he is the killer, not me, as he is confusing people and persuading them not to take these medicines.”
So this is how the logical process goes, when you know you’re the scum of the earth and people call you on it:
1. Call someone a killer for prescribing ARVs.
2. Have them call you a killer in return for warning people against ARVs and advising them to buy the useless vitamins for which you garner a tidy profit.
3. Sue for defamation.
So, it’s okay to call other people killers, just not okay for them to do the same to you? This is the adult version of hitting someone and then going crying to mommy when they hit back. I have one thing to say to you, Mr. Rath.
quid pro quo.