Home of South Africa's youngest AIDS activist robbed

Monday, April 23rd 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ Three armed men entered the room of South Africa's youngest AIDS activist early Monday, held his nurse up at gunpoint and robbed his home.

No one was injured in the robbery, Nkosi Johnson's foster mother, Gail Johnson, told the South African Press Association. Nkosi, 12, contracted AIDS from his mother, who died in April 1997.

Gail Johnson said the robbers entered her Johannesburg home about 2:10 a.m., held up Nkosi's nurse with a gun and threatened to shoot her.

``I don't know what this is going to do to him as he saw everything,'' Gail Johnson said.

Nkosi, bedridden and semi-comatose, is South Africa's longest known surviving child AIDS victim. He became an international celebrity as he championed the cause of young HIV and AIDS sufferers.