77-year-old South African author Karel Schoeman takes his own life

South African novelist Karel Schoeman committed suicide aged 77, local media said Tuesday, with a farewell letter revealing he had long contemplated such a fate and tried so before.

The Afrikaans writer and supporter of the anti-apartheid movement authored 19 novels and several historical articles and was honoured by former president Nelson Mandela.

“I decided years ago to end my life‚ or try anyway,” he said in the letter dated April 27 and released Tuesday by his lawyer Carl van Rensburg.

In the letter, he indicated his wish to “voluntarily cease the use of food and drink and end his life through a process of so-called mortification”.

Also READ   Floods kill more than 300, fears rise for 600 missing

“An attempt at 75 was interrupted by circumstances and in the meantime, I have turned 77. Thus it is necessary to tackle the matter meaningfully while I still have full movement‚ physical freedom and possess the spiritual clarity to make a logical decision … and carry it out effectively.”

His method of suicide was not immediately clear.

“The decision to take one’s own life is naturally a very personal one which I would not blindly advise anyone to take. For me‚ I am grateful to be able to make and follow through the decision.”

He had been living at a retirement home in the central city of Bloemfontein.

Also READ   Ghana launches first satellite, 60 years after independence

In the letter he said he hoped that committing suicide would help bring about an open discussion about the South African law which prohibits voluntary euthanasia.

South African retired Anglican archbishop and anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu last year said he would like to be allowed the option of dignified assisted death.

Related News

  • Ghana launches first satellite, 60 years after independence
  • South Africa Enters Into Recession Amid Political Crisis
  • Africa Day Message
  • South Africa: Three Dead in Durban Taxi Collision
  • Suspected Ebola cases in Congo rise to 29 – WHO
  • President Mugabe is not sleeping at conferences, but closing his eyes to protect them – his spokesman reveals
  • 77-year-old South African author Karel Schoeman takes his own life
  • Tanzania president sacks 9,932 civil servants over fake qualifications
  • Leave a Reply

    Read previous post:
    My son’s wedding will cause plane crashes, strange deaths – Obasanjo’s wife warns

    The wife of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has raised an alarm over what she saidRead More