SA Soldier Convicted Of Attempted Murder, Rape After Deliberately Infecting Girlfriend With HIV

Date: 13-06-2024 10:34 am (1 month ago) | Author: onuigbo felicia
- at 13-06-2024 10:34 AM (1 month ago)

Leon Santos Conga, a former member of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been found guilty of attempted murder and r*pe after intentionally infecting his girlfriend with HIV.

He appeared before the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, where he was convicted.

The victim, Antoinette Ndishishi, was represented by AfriForum's Private Prosecution Unit.

AfriForum said it forced the SANDF to release Conga’s medical records, which revealed that he had been aware of his HIV status since 2007.

According to AfriForum, the SANDF initially refused to release the records that led the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to withdraw the case twice.

Conga became romantically involved with the victim, who is also in the SANDF, in 2016.

The victim said she only consented to having s3x with Conga on the understanding that he was HIV-negative.

She said they had discussed the issue before but Conga never disclosed his status.

She further added that if Conga had disclosed his status, she would not have agreed to have s3x.

The court also found the victim to be a credible witness.

“Despite her testifying after at least four years since the incident took place, she gave a clear and a detailed account of what transpired. She didn’t contradict herself on any aspect,’’ said the Magistrate.

Meanwhile, advocate Gerrie Nel, AfriForum’s head of the Private prosecution unit said the judgment was a significant development of the law because it has provided a better understanding of the meaning of consent.

“We share the victim’s relief over the verdict, but we also believe she has been vindicated. When she approached our office, she was receiving no assistance, not even from the SANDF. The private prosecution unit will continue to support women who fight their way through the justice system in order for their voices to be heard,” Nel said.

Matter has been postponed to August, 7, 2024 for sentencing argument.

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