Suzman to be laid to rest

Helen Suzman’s relatives said the struggle stalwart would be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Sunday....

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Helen Suzman’s relatives said the struggle stalwart would be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Sunday.

Suzman, whose illustrious political career spanned more than three decades in Parliament, died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday.

Activists and leaders from across the political spectrum paid tribute to the 91-year-old on Thursday.

Early on in her political career Suzman was often a lone voice in Parliament vehemently opposing apartheid laws but by defying the National Party and consistently speaking out against its oppressive practices she became a force to be reckoned with.

Helen Suzman Foundation Director Raenette Taljaard said the anti-apartheid stalwart was a remarkable citizen who led an exemplary life.

"She led a very individual path and she understood that individuals could make a difference."

Suzman’s daughter Frances Joel said the family would bid a private farewell on Sunday.

"We’re just waiting for the rest of the immediate family to come out. We’ll be having a private ceremony this weekend for family and close friends."

The family was arranging a public memorial service to be held next month.