Dignity SA suspects murder case was prompted by those against assisted dying

The founder of a right-to-die organisation, Dignity SA, has been granted R20 000 bail.

Sean Davison was arrested for allegedly assisting a friend to take their life in Sea Point in 2013.

Read: Assisted suicide activist facing murder charge released on bail

Davison appeared in the Cape Town magistrates court on Wednesday, according to EWN reports.

He was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death of Anrich Burger who became a quadriplegic after a car accident

Read more: Should the law recognise a person's 'right to die'?

Dignity SA executive member Prof. Willem Landman suspects that the murder case was prompted by those opposed to legalising assisted dying.

He says that members of the organisation had not seen this coming at all.

Davison's arrest comes amid an ongoing fight to have assisted dying decriminalised.

Also read: Draft bill to give final word on living wills (Dignity SA says it's about time)

We can only speculate that certain people who are dead set against legalising assisted dying have perhaps prompted the NPA.

Prof. Willem Landman, Executive Committee Member for Dignity SA

The NPA didn't really have the appetite to pursue any of these cases thus far.

Prof. Willem Landman, Executive Committee Member for Dignity SA

We speculate that this timing is perhaps prompted by others approaching them [NPA].

Prof. Willem Landman, Executive Committee Member for Dignity SA

There are others who are vociferously against assisted dying, and even compare it with Hilter's euthanasia programmes.

Prof. Willem Landman, Executive Committee Member for Dignity SA

Listen to the discussion on The Pippa Hudson Show:


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