Remembering the brave life of Ruth Heloise First

2012-08-18 13:06

On Tuesday August 17 1982, Ruth Heloise First was killed by a letter bomb in her office at the Centre for African Studies at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique.

After graduating from the University of the Witwatersrand, she turned to journalism, becoming editor of left-wing newspaper The Guardian and later the New Age. Her investigative journalism laid bare the harsh conditions under which the majority of South Africans lived. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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