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
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.
Yes, they mean well, of course they do, but really, how dare they? Do they know what Madiba wants? Do you? Or we? Let’s stick to the facts: We don’t know what Madiba himself wants. We don’t even know if
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