Soldier in court for deliberately infecting partner with HIV
South African National Defence Force member accused of infecting his partner with HIV intentionally has been charged with attempted murder.
AfriForum through its private prosecution unit pressured his arrest.
The soldier, whose identity is withheld to protect the victim’s identity appeared in the Pretoria magistrate’s court on Thursday.
He was charged with attempted murder.
AfriForum was called for support in this matter in 2018.
The accused who knew about his HIV status proceeded in having unprotected sex with a female soldier, who he had a romantic relationship with.
However, the court postponed the matter until September 16 to enable his legal team get a copy of the charge sheet.
AfriForum disclosed that the organization is supporting her and her family.
The also revealed that “bodyguards” tried bullying an AfriForum employee who wanted to take pictures of the accused during his appearance on Thursday.
He was forced to delete the images.
Advocate Phyllis Vorster, a prosecutor in the private prosecution unit said “AfriForum wants to state unequivocally that we cannot be intimidated, especially not when it comes to our striving for justice.”
“The family approached us to support them in prosecuting the accused and ensuring that he pays for his deeds — and we will continue doing this,” he said.
The organization also learnt that the SANDF were reluctant in providing the necessary information needed to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) .
AfriForum pressure from the organization and the NPA made them get the dossier.
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