AFRICA INVESTIGATES
THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES FROM THE WORLD INVESTIGATES IS BACK
UNDERCOVER TO FIGHT CRIME & CORRUPTION ACROSS THE CONTINENT
episode two
ZIMBABWE: STEALING LIVES
featuring Zimbabwe's own CASSIM JOHN
directed by DAVID FULLER
with original music by Grammy Award winner DANIEL PLATZMAN
ZIMBABWE
POPULATION
13 million (2013)
HEAD OF STATE
Robert Mugabe
GDP per capita
$589 (£375)
LIFE EXPECTANCY
58 years
PRESS FREEDOM
133rd out of 180 (RSF)

Zimbabwean investigative journalist Cassim John goes undercover to expose how dirty doctors are selling his country's precious HIV/AIDS drugs on the black market, and the Zimbabwean youths abusing them to get high.

Zimbabwe has one of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world; nearly 15 pecent of the population carry the virus. Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans are kept alive by lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs).

Some HIV patients are reporting shortages of the precious medicines. That's why allegations that they're being sold on the black market are so disturbing.

In this episode of Africa Investigates, Cassim went undercover and secretly filmed a doctor illegally selling ARVs on the black market. He also documented the desperate drug addicts who are mixing the drugs with marijuana and presciption cough syrup for an easy high.