Evelina an HIV hero to judge
HIV-positive athlete Evelina Tshabalala is the hero of a man who is himself a hero to many - Judge Edwin Cameron, of the Constitutional Court.
While being photographed with runner and mountaineer Tshabalala on Saturday , Cameron said: "Evelina's example of courage, endurance and vision has inspired me . She is tough, she is brave and she is beautiful."
Cameron was one of the first high-profile South Africans to disclose that he was HIV-positive.
Tshabalala is one of the founders of Positive Heroes, a charity that showcases the achievements of HIV-positive people.
Yesterday, five HIV-positive athletes associated with the charity ran from Johannesburg to Pretoria in the Bonitas City2City Ultra marathon.
On Saturday, the five visited the Constitutional Court - which, in 2002, ruled that the government was constitutionally bound to provide HIV-positive pregnant women with antiretroviral treatment.
"My heart is full [because] you are here," Cameron said. "You are all doing what Evelina does: showing mastery of our bodies. You show that we can live not just normal lives but supernormal lives."
Tshabalala's life has not been easy.
She saw her father, her "hero", shot dead on Christmas Eve in 1989 in Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal.
She learned that she had HIV in 1999.
In 2004, while she was working in Cape Town, her 13-year-old son drowned in Bergville.
Yet, with the aid of antiretrovirals, she runs not just marathons but ultra-marathons, including the Comrades.
"She has told us a story for South Africa and for the continent," said Cameron.
"It is one of personal resilience. One that says: 'You can do it. You don't need to accept defeat'."