SANDF soldier charged with attempted murder for 'knowingly and intentionally' infecting partner with HIV

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The army in Alexandra.
The army in Alexandra.
Felix Dlangamandla, File

The story: The staff sergeant, stationed at the SANDF's Special Forces Unit based in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, has been charged with attempted murder, with an alternate charge of rape under false pretences. This after it emerged that he allegedly knowingly and intentionally infecting his partner with HIV.

Timeline: In October 2007, the accused tested positive for HIV; In 2016, the accused then became romantically involved with another soldier; The accused had consensual and unprotected intercourse with the victim on several occasions between December 2016 and April 2017.

Why it matters: It's alleged that, during this time, the accused never revealed his HIV status to her; The accused allegedly made his partner believe that he was HIV negative, which led to her to being persuaded to have unprotected sexual intercourse with the accused.

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