Although desperate to die he was literally clinging on to life for the sake of a positive ruling and the consequences this would have on a law change, and for others who may find themselves in his position. This was an extraordinary act of courage, and an extraordinary gift to our humanity.
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