oa De Rebus - Law and human dignity at odds over assisted suicide : feature

Volume 2015, Issue 558
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Respect for and protection of each individual's inherent human dignity as envisaged by 10 of the Constitution is a foundational principle in our law. It has, therefore, come as no surprise that Fabricius J recently found in 2015 (4) SA 50 (GP) that the common law sanction against assisted suicide, infringes the right to human dignity of patients who find themselves in a state of constant, unbearable pain as a result of a terminal illness. This brave and ground-breaking judgment may be the first step in paving the way for the legalisation of assisted suicide in our law.

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