Saying Goodbye documentary trailer
Sean Davison returns home to South Africa
Professor Sean Davison, head of the forensics DNA laboratory at The University of the Western Cape, was convicted in November 2011 for the assisted suicide in 2006 of his terminally-ill, 85-year-old mother, Dunedin doctor Patricia Davison, after a trial that ignited debate on voluntary euthanasia in South Africa and New Zealand. He was initially charged for the attempted murder of his mother but during the trial pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of ‘assisted suicide.’
On Wednesday, 2 May 2012, Davison will return home to South Africa, following the completion of his five-month home detention (house arrest) sentence in New Zealand. He will be arriving at Cape Town International Airport on a flight from Singapore at 10.15am. He will be met by his family but will make a short time available to answers questions from the media.
When Davison returned to South Africa in December 2010 to await his trial in New Zealand, he founded an organisation called DignitySA. This organisation seeks to have the law changed to allow for assisted dying.
The executive committee of DignitySA wish to make the following statement:
Petition to legalise assisted dying:
DignitySA invites the public to sign a petition to bring a bill before parliament to legalise assisted dying in precisely defined conditions. South Africa’s laws currently prohibit assisted dying. It is DignitySA’s belief that it is a basic human right to die with dignity, and that those afflicted with a terminal illness should be allowed the option to end their life with assistance in order to preserve personal privacy, autonomy and dignity, as well as to alleviate suffering.
The petition can be accessed online by visiting the DignitySA webpage and following the petition link. Although the petition requests your email address, this information remains confidential. Those signing the petition are given the opportunity to choose whether their name and city can be seen by others visiting the website. Other details, including the email, will remain confidential.
Hard copies of the petition will be available for signing at specific libraries throughout the country. Details of these will be made available shortly.
#1: Izette Mostert’s documentary, Saying Goodbye (above), will premiere at the 2012 Encounters South African Documentary Festival.
#2: Saying Goodbye is available to stream online here.