IN A LANDMARK ruling, a court found a 44-year-old man guilty of attempted murder after he knowingly spread HIV.

Nzimane Tshabalala was sentenced to eight years in jail by the Vanderbijl Magistrates Court last week.

He was convicted of deliberately infecting five women with the deadly virus. The case began in Boipatong in the Vaal, south of Joburg, in December when cops began investigating an attempted murder case against Tshabalala.

At the time he was accused of knowingly infecting 20 unsuspecting sex partners with HIV.

It emerged that Tshabalala had refused to use condoms with his sex partners and also didn’t tell them he was taking ARVs.

Reacting to the ruling, the TAC’s Gauteng women’s sector representative, Lebohang Pitso, welcomed the sentencing.

“We are happy with the ruling but we would like to take this opportunity to encourage women to negotiate sex and fight for their reproductive health rights,” Lebohang said.

She said there were still many women who needed to be made aware of thei rights.

“Had we known about this case, we could have advocated a harsher sentence as it would have served as a deterrent to others who are planning to do the same thing,” she said. – Daily Sun

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