The SCA today reserved judgment in an appeal by three State entities and the HPCSA concerning voluntary euthanasia or assisted suicide.
The hearing also concerned whether a patient has a constitutional right to choose euthanasia.
The State entities submitted the order of the lower court, allowing assisted suicide, should be dismissed.
Counsel for Robert Stransham-Ford's estate told the court every person have rights, including a right to self-determination and also to his death. It was submitted that currently cases where assisted suicide is needed, there is no other way but to approach a court to allow that person to do what he wishes.
Counsel to Stransham-Ford agreed the court cannot make policy to assisted suicide. They acknowledge that any doctor that helps with an assisted suicide will likely be prosecuted in South Africa.