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Assisted dying ruling affects powers of NPA - Justice ministry

30 April, 12:17 PM

Speaking after a court ruled a terminally ill man the right to end his own life, with the help of a doctor, the Justice ministry said the ruling would affect the NPA's powers. Watch.

Justice ministry spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga said the NPA's authority to prosecute doctors would be hampered by the ruling.

Robin Stransham-Ford was granted an order that allows a doctor to help him commit suicide and the doctor shall not be subject to prosecution or disciplinary proceedings.

"The applicant is entitled to be assisted by a medical practitioner either by the administration of a lethal agent or by providing the applicant with the necessary lethal agent to administer himself," said Judge Hans Fabricius.

Stransham-Ford, 65, a former advocate, was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in September 2013, and had hoped that Judge Fabricius would hand down an order to allow a doctor to give him drugs that he would use to end his own life.

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