Tasneem Motara, MP for the ANC, has declared her HIV status following threats from a former partner to expose her. Motara revealed that she has been HIV positive for 8 years and disclosed it to her ex early in the relationship.
In an inspiring move, Tasneem Motara has declared her HIV status to the world. In a moving post on Facebook the ANC MP announced that she had been living with HIV for a long time.
In the post, Motara explained her decision to come out, saying that she had opted for privacy for something she felt wasn't necessary to share "with people it doesn't affect."
The MP revealed that she had been under threat from an embittered ex-partner who had been been attempting to blackmail her with the information:
So someone is threatening to reveal my status to you all. But let me save him the hassle of doing it. I have nothing to hide.
Motara went on to explain that she was infected by a former lover who was dishonest about his status 8 years ago.
In her determination to be responsible, she had disclosed her status early in the new relationship with the man who had allegedly threatened to expose her. Despite her status, the two had been in a relationship for 6 years, according to her post.
People quickly came to her defence, applauding her for her bravery and condemning the ex for his actions:
One man lambasted what he felt was a type of abuse, saying it must come to an end.
One inspired user even created a page in support of the MP, saying the aim was to show her "the unconditional love and support" the public has for her.
Motara has unwittingly inspired a movement of acceptance with her announcement, something her ex will surely be bitter about for years to come.
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