The right to die

Last week the Cape Argus reported that Prof Sean Davison, the UWC Professor who was convicted in New Zealand for helping his mother take her own life, has admitted being with the South African doctor, Anrich Burger when he committed suicide.

Davison’s role was revealed during a speech he made at the weekend after being elected to the board of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies in Chicago.

Dr Burger became a quadriplegic after a car crash in Botswana in 2005. Burger first contacted Davison in 2012, showing support for Davison’s Dignity SA organisation, and the two became friends.

Davison was present when Burger took a lethal dose of phenol-barbital at a seaside hotel in Cape Town last November to end his own life.

The issue of “right to die” is very topical at the moment, with the recent death of IFP MP Mario Ambrosini. His wife spoke to the press recently, and was quoted as saying that he would have wanted to receive a legal lethal injection instead – that it would have been more dignified.

He was finally at peace, he felt incredible relief. He was sitting staring at the Cape Harbour, a harbour that he used to Jetski on and water-ski, he loved water sports and he found such release that he was about to find freedom

Prof Sean Davison

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