Dignity SA receives additional assisted suicide requests

The group represented Robin Stransham-Ford, who filed an urgent application for an assisted death.

FILE: Last week, the group represented Cape Town advocate Robin Stransham-Ford who filed an urgent application for an assisted death. Picture: Dignity SA.

JOHANNESBURG - Dignity South Africa on Thursday said at least three other people approached the organisation for assistance with applying for assisted suicides.

Last week, the group represented Cape Town Advocate Robin Stransham-Ford, who filed an urgent application for an assisted death.

The court ruled in his favour, but the government expressed its concern that others would now come forward.

Dignity SA's Sean Davison said these cases would also be taken to court.

"These will need to go to court. The court ruling last week was only for Robin Stransham-Ford. However, it's a legal precedent and one can assume a person saying this one is terminally ill and should be granted the same decision."

Meanwhile, family, friends and some members of Dignity SA on Thursday paid their last respects to Stransham-Ford.

He died last week, just hours before the court ruled in favour of his application to be allowed to die with the help of doctors.

The 65-year-old advocate's family and friends gathered at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Newlands to say their final goodbyes.

Several parties, including Doctors for Life, are reportedly planning to appeal the ruling.