ANTI-APARTHEID CHAMPION HELEN SUZMAN DIES


Helen Suzman, a celebrated South African MP and anti-apartheid campaigner, has died at the age of 91. Mrs Suzman, a member of parliament first for the opposition United Party and later the Progressive Party, was an outspoken critic of apartheid. For 13 years, Mrs Suzman, the daughter of Jewish Lithuanian immigrants, was the only MP to openly condemn South Africa’s whites-only apartheid regime.

suzmanShe was made an honorary dame by the Queen in 1989. She was also twice-nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The family plans to follow a private funeral this weekend with a public memorial in February, the SAPA news agency reported.

The former MP, who had been in a frail condition recently, died at her home in Johannesburg early on Thursday. Archbishop Desmond Tutu said his country owed her an enormous debt in the struggle against apartheid. “She really was indomitable,” he said.

Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Achmat Dangor told the Associated Press news agency that she was a “great patriot and a fearless fighter against apartheid”.

SOURCED FROM BBC

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  1. Very interesting! I will definitely be back.

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