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Tutu’s stance on assisted death welcomed

Desmond Tutu says dying people should be able to choose how and when they would like to die.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Dignity South Africa, which is calling for the legalisation of assisted death, says its delighted by the comments by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu that dying people should be given the option for assisted death

Tutu celebrated his 85th birthday this week in seemingly good spirits but he says in a Washington Post article that he would like the option of assisted death.

He says dying people should be able to choose how and when they would like to die.

Founder of Dignity South Africa Sean Davison says he is hoping Tutu's stature in society will lead to a change in legislation.

"You can see the reaction around the world, people have great admiration and respect for Desmond Tutu. Previously he spoke about other people 's lives and now he's focusing on his own life."

WATCH: Archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu discusses assisted death