Charismatic Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini has died after publicly battling lung cancer.

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Ambrosini wouldn’t undergo chemotherapy, saying that it would only buy him a few more months of life with severe side effects. Read more:

We had the following two webpages about Mario Oriani-Ambrosini:
2013 Oct 28 – Cancer victim makes a case for alternative treatment
2013 Nov 11 (2) – The politics of cancer

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IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini dies

Charismatic Inkatha Freedom Party MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini has died after publicly battling lung cancer. He was 53 years old.

Ambrosini

Mario Oriani-Ambrosini has been publicly battling lung cancer since early 2013. His family released a statement saying Ambrosini died "in the early hours of this [Saturday] morning" after a long and courageous battle with terminal lung cancer.

"Mario fought many battles throughout his life, but this was no doubt his toughest."

"Nonetheless, he continued to fight, not only for his own sake, but on behalf of the countless people who face this same battle," said the family.

It said that Ambrosini had always been in total command of his life. "Since day one when diagnosed with terminal cancer without any previous symptoms, he decided on his course of treatment and adjusted it according to his own research, studies and experimentations. He remained true to his own character, right up to the end."

Ambrosini shunned conventional cancer treatment.

He revealed in a press statement in May 2013 that he had chosen to pursue a course of treatment based on different science, not on an alternative to science.

But Ambrosini wouldn’t undergo chemotherapy, saying that it would only buy him a few more months of life with severe side effects.

Ambrosini appealed to Zuma and the government to decriminalise marijuana for medical purposes in February 2014, during a debate on President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address.

Ambrosini later tabled a private member’s Bill, the Medical Innovation Bill, which sought to allow doctors to administer innovative unproven, but harmless, cancer treatments in cases where other treatments cannot provide a cure and on the basis of the patient’s informed consensus, thereby shielding doctors from common law liability and medical profession requirements.

The Bill would allow the minister of health to authorise, establish and resource one or more pilot, innovative cancer treatment centres where doctors would be allowed to act in terms of the above. It also called for the government to decriminalise and liberalise cannabis for medical treatment and industrial use.

Responding to Ambrosini’s plea, Zuma said: "I was touched to see the man I have known and worked with for more than 20 years in this condition. I have asked the minister of health to look into this matter."

Ambrosini, one of the drafters of the South African Constitution, was elected to Parliament in May 2009.

That same year, he sought to introduce the National Credit Act Amendment Bill in the National Assembly, without having obtained the permission required by the impugned rules. For this reason, the then speaker of the National Assembly, Max Sisulu, refused him permission to introduce the Bill.

The rules prohibited an MP from introducing a Bill in Parliament unless he or she has first received permission to do so from the majority of the National Assembly.

Ambrosini approached the Western Cape High Court, challenging the constitutionality of parliamentary rules regarding the introduction of private member’s bills.

He lost the case but appealed to the Constitutional Court, which ruled in his favour in 2012.

This opened the way for individual MPs from any political party to table proposed legislation in Parliament, under what they call the Ambrosini rule.

 

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