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De Jure Law Journal

versión On-line ISSN 2225-7160
versión impresa ISSN 1466-3597


SLABBERT, Magda  y  LABUSCHAIGNE, Melody. Aquamation: legal nail in burial and cremation's coffin?. De Jure (Pretoria) [online]. 2021, vol.54, n.1, pp.359-369. ISSN 2225-7160.

Respect for the dead defines a community. Burial of a corpse has for many years been the only way of disposing of a dead body. Land available for burial sites is limited. In the 1960s cremation became an acceptable alternative to burial. Recently a more environmentally friendly way of disposing of a corpse was introduced to South Africa. Alkaline Hydrolysis or aquamation is a chemical process dissolving a dead body. The wastewater can be disposed of in a sewage system. Legislation has not kept up with this new technology. A new set of regulations to the National Health Act 61 of 2003 is proposed.

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