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Euthanasia not legal in SA, Constitutional Court needs to make ruling

Criminal law expert Dr James Grant says the Constitution would have to make a ruling on assisted suicide.

The legal precedent for this is unknown and that the Constitutional Court would have to make a ruling in regards to the case law. Picture: Saps

JOHANNEBURG - Speaking to Radio 702 Talk Show host Udo Carelse, criminal law expert Dr James Grant said that it was unknown what the constitution said about assisted suicide or euthanasia.

Grant said that while the right to life, dignity and psychological integrity were enshrined in the Constitution, they were conflicting when taking into regard the decision of an individual to waive their right to life in the pursuit of the right to the dignity and psychological integrity.

Grant said the legal precedent for this is unknown and that the constitutional court would have to make a ruling in regards to the case law.

He dispelled the theory that euthanasia has now become legal in the country and said that it would take case law and high courts to pass laws.

Grant also pointed out that the Constitutional Court had not even issued a statement on this case.

LISTEN: Dr James Grant's full interview with Udo Carelse.