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Helen Suzman, Liberal Light

by David De La Torre

In Liberal light, The Economist reviews Helen Suzman: Bright star in a dark chamber by Robin Renwick

FOR much of the 27 years that Nelson Mandela was in prison, another South African led an almost equally solitary life, in purely political terms, by virtue of her role as the sole liberal member of parliament. Helen Suzman, a beacon of decency, courage and common sense, served as an MP from 1953 to 1989. For 13 of those years, from 1959, she was the only member for what was then the Progressive Party. [more]