Every South African has a constitutional right to refuse medical treatment. Should you be incapable of voicing your non-consent to unnecessary artificial life-support when dying,
Living Wills are available worldwide. Protect yourself by signing a Living Will accepted in the country in which you live.
Almost every country in the world has its own version of a Living Will (or Advance Directive), each version being based upon the laws of the particular country.
The Living Will is based upon the concept of "informed Consent" which is a patient's Common Law and Constitutional Right in South Africa.
free Living Will (in English)
Suggestions on what to do with your signed and witnessed Living Will:
Anyone interested in getting facts about how health care professionals are compelled to act with regard to a Living Will, should visit www.hpcsa.co.za to download the HPCSA Booklet 12 re: Guidelines for the Withholding and Withdrawing of Treatment