Albert Buhr looks at the movement to bring the new and contentious Assisted Dying Bill before parliament. In our culture, the process of dying is usually sanitised and hidden from view. However, having appointed the South African Law Commission to
Madiba’s illness has to get us talking about issues of death Nelson Mandela may not be aware of it but he has got us talking about death; something we have never had the courage to do before, though it is
Joe’s dying taught me that bank accounts get closed on death and that access to money is not that simple or speedy. When my husband Joe Slovo died, my eldest daughter had just turned 15 and her younger sister was
For our ancestors, dying often happened suddenly. On the time scale of human history, antibiotics are a recent arrival. One morning, the first US president, George Washington, had a sore throat; the next evening, he died. Madiba’s situation is different.
As Madiba’s health fails him, his family’s skirmishing may be unseemly, but it’s not unusual. Qunu or Mvezo? Most of us try for privacy and no washing of dirty linen in public. As a nation, we’d prefer our beloved icon’s