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gavel thumb100 Pretoria News reports that alleged office gossip that an employee at a government entity was “infected with the HIV virus” and spreading it because she was promiscuous has resulted in her instituting a R2 million defamation case against the “gossiper”.  

The parties are not named to safeguard the identity of the alleged victim, but the plaintiff stated in papers before the Pretoria High Court that she was devastated by the rumours.  The allegations first surfaced in November 2011 when a colleague told others the plaintiff had confided in her that she was HIV positive.  Apparently the colleague stated that the plaintiff was promiscuous and intentionally trying to infect others.  According to the plaintiff, after a long history of slander, her colleague continued to badmouth her, last year posting on Facebook that the plaintiff suffered from HIV/Aids that she was promiscuous and she intentionally infected men.  The colleague also subsequently told a top official that the plaintiff was stalking her and that she was “a very dangerous person”.  The plaintiff said she could no longer handle the badmouthing.  She also obtained a restraining order against her colleague.  However, she told the court this week she was battling to serve the court papers on the colleague, because the Sheriff could not get hold of the woman.  The court ruled that the summons could be served via Google Mail or Facebook.

  • Read the full original of Zelda Venter’s report on this story at Pretoria News

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