Rustenburg - Tuberculosis is not just a medical condition, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.
"It has many social determinants, including poverty, unemployment, poor nutrition, overcrowding and social stigma that fuel the spread of diseases," he said at the United Nations (UN) high-level meeting on tuberculosis (TB) in New York.
"This means that the poor and marginalised carry a disproportionate disease burden."
He said in South Africa TB was the biggest cause of mortality in the general population, especially among men.
"There were 322 000 new TB infections in South Africa in 2017, which is a significant decline from the 2015 estimate of 438 000. The decline is attributed to a strengthened response in the form of the rapid roll-out of new diagnostics and drugs."