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Helen Suzman dies in Jhb

One of South Africa’s best known woman politicians and staunch anti-apartheid activist, Helen Suzman,...

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One of <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region>’s best known woman politicians and staunch anti-apartheid activist, Helen Suzman, has died.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Family members say the 91-year-old passed away at her <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg home this morning.

Born Helen Gavronsky in Germiston in 1917, she trained as an economist and statistician at the University of the <place w:st="on"><placename w:st="on">Witwatersrand.

She then married Dr Moses Suzman with whom she had two daughters, before lecturing part-time.

After leaving academic life Suzman entered politics. She was elected to parliament as a member of the United Party in 1953. In the early sixties she switched to the Progressive Party, serving as its sole representative in the South African legislature until 1974.

Suzman remained an MP until her retirement in 1989.

Throughout her long parliamentary career she campaigned fearlessly and ceaselessly against apartheid laws.