Court to hear SANDF HIV case

2014-07-29 06:32
SANDF troops. (File, AFP)

SANDF troops. (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - A case of two former SA National Defence Force recruits who lost their jobs allegedly because they were HIV-positive will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

"The two women recruits who had undergone two years of training did not have their contracts renewed after they tested HIV-positive," Section27 executive director Mark Heywood said in a statement.

The two applicants were joined by SA Security Forces Union and the SA National Defence Union.

"The applicants will argue through their lawyers at Section27 that the military's health classification discriminates against HIV-positive individuals through their refusal to admit them into their core service system and their military skills development system without taking into account individuals' state of health or their competency to perform their jobs," Heywood said.

He said the applicants would also argue that the SANDF had failed to deal with evidence from a study about HIV.

The study showed that an adult with HIV in South Africa who qualifies, medically, for anti-retroviral treatment, commenced treatment when his or her CD4 count was above 200 and had been adherent for a period of more than 24 months had a near normal life expectancy.

"Over 100 Treatment Action Campaign activists and union members are set to protest outside court," Heywood said.
- SAPA
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