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Euthanasia professor back at work

UWC Professor Sean Davison on Friday spoke publicly for the last time about his mother's death.

UWC Professor and euthanasia campaigner Sean Davison.

CAPE TOWN - University of the Western Cape (UWC) Professor Sean Davison on Friday spoke publicly for the last time about his mother's death.

Late in 2011, he was sentenced to five months house arrest in New Zealand after he helped his terminally ill mother die by giving her morphine.

Davison arrived back in Cape Town on Wednesday.

The professor and fellow researchers led pioneering DNA forensic analysis on isolating genetic information.

UWC Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian O' Connell said they were planning a series of debates on euthanasia.

He said they want to create a constructive platform for academics and campaigners to discuss mercy killings.

Davison, who is also a euthanasia campaigner, spoke for the first time about his closed session trial.

He said prosecutors questioned him by using his diary.

At the same time, Davison started DignitySA in September.

The organisation wants government to legalise euthanasia.

DignitySA hopes to convince Parliament to debate the issue.