Internationally recognised AIDS activists Zackie Achmat, one of the country’s best-known openly gay men, has split from his husband of three years.
The Sunday Times reported that Achmat and his partner, Dalli Weyers, have parted ways in an “amicable” divorce.
The men married in January 2008 at the Imperial Yacht Club in Lakeside, near Cape Town in a ceremony presided by Constitutional Court judge Edwin Cameron and attended by Helen Zille and former British high commissioner Ann Grant.
“After consulting Dalli, we both agree, as friends, that we have no comment on our divorce, which is an amicable one,” said Achmat (49).
“Dalli and I regard our divorce as a private matter. This comment in no way prevents you from reporting,” he told the Sunday Times.
Achmat is best known as the founder and former chairman of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) which successfully lobbied and sued the South African government and pharmaceutical companies to help provide treatment to people living with HIV.
He also founded the National Coalition for Gay and Lesbian Equality in the 1990’s and currently serves as the Director of the Centre For Law & Social Justice.