They Fought for Freedom: Helen Suzman
Series editor: Pampallis, J
Grade(s): Grade 10,Grade 11,Grade 12
I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights. They are indispensable elements in a democratic society and well worth fighting for.'
Helen Suzman (1917–2009) is an example of courage and integrity. Throughout her 36-year career in Parliament, she stood up for what she believed was right, campaigning fearlessly against laws such as the Immorality Act, Forced Removals, the Pass Laws and the Death Penalty. By raising critical issues that would have been kept from the public, she gave a voice to those who had been silenced.
Her actions went beyond the walls of Parliament too. She visited prisoners, including Nelson Mandela; met with activists, like Oliver Tambo; and sympathised with ordinary people suffering under the laws of apartheid.
Read about Suzman’s life of determination, wit and honesty, and how she earned the trust of the country and the respect of the world.
They Fought for Freedom tells the life stories of southern African leaders who struggled for freedom and justice. In spite of the important roles they played in the history of southern Africa, most of these leaders have been largely ignored by the history books. The series tells their stories in an entertaining manner, in clear language and aims to restore them to their rightful place in history.
Endorsed by the Helen Suzman Foundation