Government wins appeal in right to die case

The Supreme Court has overturned a High Court order allowing CT advocate Robin Stransham-Ford the right to end his own life.

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JOHANNESBURG - Government has won its appeal against a court order granting a terminally ill patient the right to die.

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday morning overturned a High Court order, which had allowed Cape Town advocate Robin Stransham-Ford the right to end his own life with the help of a doctor.

Stransham-Ford had been suffering from cancer and died before the High Court ruled on his case.

The Justice Department's Mthunzi Mhaga says: “We are relieved the earlier judgment was set aside given the fact that the ministers of justice and health had serious reservations about the implications, which are far -reaching on the Constitution and the client’s right to life.”