Charge those who knowingly spread HIV
September 13 2010#www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=125&art_id=vn20100913043200805C696598~
HIV-positive people who knowingly have unprotected sex without disclosing their status, should be charged with attempted murder, says Western Cape Premier and DA leader Helen Zille.
Zille made the call in her capacity as DA leader while addressing the SA Institute of International Affairs last week.
She said the lack of personal responsibility contributed to some of the greatest social ills in the country.
“Social pathologies are complex, but I think we must all agree that promoting a culture of personal responsibility is essential to addressing all these things. We also need to take action against people who are HIV-positive and knowingly have unprotected sex without disclosing their status. This, I believe, is an offence on a par with attempted murder.
“This is complex and difficult, and requires enormous courage from the wronged sexual partner to lay a charge and give evidence,” Zille said.
South Africa had the highest number of HIV infections in the world, estimated to be 5.7 million people.
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* This article was originally published on page 3 of Cape Times on September 13, 2010