The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has set aside the ruling by the North Gauteng High Court which allowed doctors to perform euthanasia or assisted suicide on gravely-ill patients.
In May 2015, the High Court in Pretoria gave 65-year-old Cape Town Advocate, Robin Stransham-Ford, permission to be assisted in ending his life by a medical doctor.
Stransham-Ford passed away before he could hear the court ruling.
The Departments of Justice and Health challenged the judgment arguing that it had far reaching implications and that it may possibly be abused.
Government submitted in the SCA that the High Court judgment engrossed on legislative powers of Parliament.
Justice spokesperson Advocate Mthunzi Mhaga says: “The Ministers of Justice and Minister of Health are relieved that the order was set aside given the far-reaching implications the judgment had on the constitutionally-entrenched right to life which is sacrosanct as well as the powers of the NPA to prefer charges against both doctors who would have committed murder and or culpable homicide. And also from an ethical point of view, doctors took an oath office to save and preserve life, but not to end life.”