Judge hears special testimony from terminally ill duo in euthanasia case

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A medical doctor and her patient, both of whom have terminal diseases, are giving evidence in their bid to legalise euthanasia in South Africa. 

Palliative care specialist Dr. Suzanne Walter (47) and patient Diethelm Harck (71) are leading the latest legal battle for the right to die to be legalised.

While the actual legal challenge will only be heard in the Johannesburg High Court later this year, special arrangements have been made so the pair can give their evidence while they still can.

The pair have been giving their evidence during virtual proceedings chaired by retired Judge CJ Claassen.

All other representations, including supporting expert evidence submitted by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), will be made at the end of the year when the actual trial starts.

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