Helen Suzman

Helen Suzman
Helen Suzman
  • Born: November 7, 1917
  • Died: January 1, 2009
  • Nationality: South African
  • Profession: Politician









Helen Suzman, DBE was a South African anti-apartheid activist and politician. She represented a succession of liberal and centre-left opposition parties during her 36-year tenure in the whites-only, National Party-controlled House of Assembly of South Africa at the height of the apartheid era. She hosted the meeting that founded the Progressive Party in 1959, and was its only MP in the 160-member House for a period of 13 years.

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All these stories are grist to the mill of the government because they build up a very useful war psychosis. Government ;War & Peace
Debate is almost non-existent and no one is apparently accountable to anybody apart from their political party bosses. It is bad news for democracy in this country.
For all my criticisms of the current system, it doesn't mean that I would like to return to the old one.
I am hopeful about any future for whites in this country, but not entirely optimistic. Future
I am provocative, and I admit this. It isn't as if I'm only on the receiving end, a poor, frail little creature. I can be thoroughly nasty when I get going, and I don't pull my punches.
I can say unequivocally that the boycott does not work. It's never complete enough to have impact unless it's backed by force, and I don't think anybody in America seriously proposes that. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't think we will ever go the way of Zimbabwe, but people are concerned.
I represent all the enlightened people in this country, and that's a fine thing to be able to do. It infuriates my opponents when I say this, but it is true.
I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights. The indispensable elements in a democratic society - and well worth fighting for. Society
I used to be a fan of proportional representation, but I am not at all now I have seen it in action.
It is the answers, not the questions, that are embarrassing.
My own electorate, which I represented for 36 years as an anti-apartheid politician, had a considerable number of Jewish voters supporting me throughout my career.
That's my life in there. It would never be possible today to ask as many questions as I did. Life
The employment laws are completely unrealistic. You cannot overcome that in only 10 years. It will take at least another generation before young people are properly qualified.
This country is armed to the teeth, and none of these African states could begin to attack South Africa.
Tool of Communist agitators... it's really a joke, isn't it? Because, quite clearly, we are a party of real moderates. It just shows how little they understand.

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