Bizos reminisces about Suzman

Former anti-apartheid lawyer George Bizos has told Eyewitness News that Helen Suzman realised that...

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Former anti-apartheid lawyer George Bizos has told Eyewitness News that Helen Suzman realised that all of her goals would not be achieved in her lifetime. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Speaking to journalists at the anti-apartheid veteran’s funeral on Sunday, Bizos said she acknowledged that change took time.

Suzman died at her Illovo home last week at the age of 91.

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Over a hundred people gathered for the service including some family and friends who worked beside her during her time in Parliament.

Bizos said Suzman told him of her desire to see <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">South Africa</country-region> become a fully functioning democracy.

"She realised that she couldn’t achieve all these things in her lifetime."

Among those who attended the service were President Kgalema Motlanthe, former president FW de Klerk and Gauteng Premier Paul Mashatile.

Meanwhile, Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota said he admired Suzman’s integrity and effort to make all South Africans equal.

“She recognised the right of all of the others to have equal space.”

A public memorial will be held for Suzman next month.