Remembering Helen Suzman

suzman.jpg

I was sad to see today that Helen Suzman has died. As a young, aspiring political activist I read Suzman’s memoir ‘In No Uncertain Terms’ and was inspired by her use of every means at her disposal, including centrally her position as a member of South Africa’s Parliament, to “expose the tragic effect of apartheid”. She used to quote Theodore Roosevelt: “I did what I could, where I was, with what I had,” and what a good job she did too.

Helen Suzman: Guardian Obituary