De Lille damaged HIV women

The constitutional court ruling against Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille, right, to pay R35 000 damages for invading the privacy of three women living with HIV- Aids was too lenient.

The constitutional court ruling against Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille, right, to pay R35 000 damages for invading the privacy of three women living with HIV- Aids was too lenient.

De Lille invaded the privacy of the women by disclosing their HIV-positive status in a political biography.

Everyone has the right to privacy and dignity. The ID leader and the author did not show any remorse when they named the women in the book.

This violation of human rights should not have been breached by the highly respected political leader whom people look up to.

The dignity of the women was infringed and they were disrespected and taken for granted. Now they will live with the stigma for the rest of their lives because their names have been made public.

A mere R35 000 will not do any good to the three women.

I think politicians like Patricia De Lille need to be educated more about HIV and Aids.

Matse Rapea, Pretoria

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