Deepening Democracy through Access to Information
Home / Legal Briefs / Bouwer Kobeli Morabe RSS ← Back

Email this article

separate emails by commas, maximum limit of 4 addresses

Sponsored by


Embed Video

The good death

The good death

3rd September 2015


Font size: -+

Sponsored by


One day you will die. That is a certainty. And so will I. And so will the 7.3-billion people currently living on planet Earth. The only certainty we have in life is that it will end. How it will end has been left to fate. You may choose how you will live, but society has decreed, until now, that you may not choose how you will die.


The debate around the right to die with dignity has been exhumed by a recent application in the Pretoria High Court. The Late Advocate Stransham-Ford wished to end his life with the assistance of a doctor. This was an unprecedented application dealing with active euthanasia, a seemingly controversial topic raising issues such as the sanctity of life, the uncertainty of death and the taboo of murder. As a lawyer and thus a contrarian by nature, I seek the counterargument: the difficult debate that sways you in both directions, leaving you dizzy. With issues of such emotional magnitude I have been on the edge of my seat waiting for the fierce debates to begin.

But to my surprise, the groundswell of popular opinion appears to be in favour of legalizing active euthanasia. I ask myself: where is the dumbfounding dilemma, the confounding conundrum, the perplexing paradox? Let us examine the concept of euthanasia and how it has been dealt with by the courts before coming to our own conclusions.


Download the full article above

Written by Patrick Wainwright

Please do not hesitate to contact us on +27 11 788-0083 should you have any further enquiries or email


BKM Attorneys - Passionate about Law”



To subscribe email or click here
To advertise email or click here

Comment Guidelines

About is a product of Creamer Media.

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Engineering News
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa

Read more


We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store


Advertising on is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email

View options
Free daily email newsletter Register Now