Advance care directives | South Africa Advance care directives | South Africa

14 Aug 2022

Laws in South Africa generally protect against discrimination on the grounds of race, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth. Provisions in RSA are not dementia-specific and despite recommendations and mobilisation for reform, advance directives or ‘living wills’ are not legally recognised as enforceable instructions in South Africa (Jordaan, 2011).


Jordaan, L. (2011). The legal validity of an advance refusal of medical treatment in South African law (part 1). De Jure, 44(1), 32–48. http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/dejure/v44n1/04.pdf