Application in the South Gauteng High Court to legalise euthanasia (South Africa)

Palliative care doctor, Suzanne Walter, and her patient, Diethelm Harck, started a court case to legalise euthanasia in South Africa. Walter was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2017, while Harck was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2013. Both wish to have the option to end their lives when they feel they cannot handle their illness any more. Due to their medical conditions, special arrangements were made in March for the evidence of Harck and Walter to be heard first via a commission headed by Judge Neels Claassen. Their application for an order directing the government to enact legislation which will allow for physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, is due to proceed in the South Gauteng High Court for six weeks from May 3.