Suzman hailed as contributor to democracy

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu hailed anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman as one of the most...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who will celebrate his 75th birthday tomorrow, attends a  special function and exhibition hosted by Unisa in Pretoria, Friday, 6 October 2006.  Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu hailed anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman as one of the most crucial contributors in the country’s struggle for democracy on Monday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Suzman died at her <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Johannesburg home last week at the age of 91.

She was laid to rest during a private funeral service on Sunday that was attended by family and several high-profile politicians.

Tutu said her role in the country’s history would always be remembered.

“She was just fantastic. She was such an eloquent example of the fact that not all white people were the same. Not all people supported apartheid.”