Archbishop Desmond Tutu supports the call for assisted death

Professor Sean Davison, Founder Dignity SA, who campaigns for assisted death, says when Desmond Tutu speaks the world listens.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu released a video over the weekend throwing weight behind assisted death. In the video Tutu says when his time comes he should be allowed to pass on in a manner of his choice.

Davison says the intervention by Tutu will help his cause for assisted death.

He is only highlighting something that is going on very quietly throughout humanity.

Professor Sean Davison, Founder Dignity SA

Making the option of assisted death available could help people avoid attempting suicide, says Davison. Sometimes the suicide attempts goes horribly wrong and they end up in a worse situation than before.

He says a law change could actually save lives and believes that things will soon change for the better.

By changing the law and making the option for an assisted death available, people may not attempt to take their lives and go on to have a natural death.

Professor Sean Davison, Founder Dignity SA

He is certain the Supreme Court of Appeal will rule against the State's appeal of a High Court ruling allowing the assisted death of Robin Stransham-Ford. The ruling takes place in Bloemfontein on 4 November.

Davison is confident the case will be won, based on the Constitution.

Listen to the full conversation below:

Read More
Panayiotou murder trial to resume next year

Panayiotou murder trial to resume next year

Panayiotou murder trial in Eastern Cape High Court will resume in 2017, but evidence indicates the couple had unhappy marriage.

Gambia bans internet and international calls during presidential election

Gambia bans internet and international calls during presidential election

Gambia has also banned political demonstrations to avoid post-election unrest during this election period.

Scientists find 2.5-billion-year-old fossils in Northern Cape

Scientists find 2.5-billion-year-old fossils in Northern Cape

Fossils of an ancient bacteria which existed long before the planet’s atmosphere became rich in oxygen have been found.

Law stifles redistribution of surplus food to the poor

Law stifles redistribution of surplus food to the poor

About 14 million South Africans go hungry every day while tons of food goes to waste says director at Werksmans Attorneys.

DNA confirms body found along Juskei River is three-year-old Evelyn Chauke

DNA confirms body found along Juskei River is three-year-old Evelyn Chauke

Evelyn Chauke was swept away during flash floods in Alexandra last month, which also left about a hundred residents homeless.

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital is finally a reality

Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital is finally a reality

The hospital opened on Friday in Johannesburg after years of fundraising, investment and construction, and it is world-class.