Helen Suzman honoured in Cape Town

2011-11-07 16:22

Cape Town - A Cape Town boulevard was officially renamed after the late anti-apartheid MP Helen Suzman at a ceremony in the city on Monday.

The event was led by Mayor Patricia de Lille, who remembered Suzman's contribution to the fight against apartheid.

"Today we rename Western Boulevard after one of the greatest stalwarts of the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, Helen Suzman," De Lille said.

"Today, we will have two major arteries linking east and west, the one honouring former president [Nelson] Mandela, the other honouring Helen Suzman.

"Meeting together, they represent the best values in all of us and remind us of what we are trying to achieve."

Suzman, who was born 94 years ago, served for many years as the lone voice in Parliament opposing apartheid.

De Lille said Suzman had stood firm in her fight to end racially oppressive tyranny despite "intimidation, slights, threats and many other challenges".

She had continued her work despite the constant assaults on her integrity, De Lille said.

"Day after day, she was vilified and attacked by her colleagues and many members of her community. She did not always have the reassurance of confederates during those lonely years as the single voice of opposition on the benches."

  • Jeff - 2011-11-07 16:59

    There is none as dangerous as the politically correct white liberal in south africa.

      Levett - 2011-11-07 19:47

      AMEN! In general our morals are our downfall. But things are changing with the Netherlands leading the way to disclose the Apartheid lies.

      gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-12 17:46

      Helen Suzman would have done better if she went back to Israel and sorted out the situation there.

  • Andres - 2011-11-07 17:31

    At least Cape Town is honouring the anti-apartheid activists on either side of the political spectrum, Nelson Mandela Blvd, Helen Suzman Blvd, Albert Luthuli Place etc. Plus, they're naming high=profile public squares and roads that do not have addresses attached to them, so costs to the city and businesses are minimal.

  • PeterAlan - 2011-11-07 18:30

    There has been much grandstanding from the ANC in the Cape Town city council over it's slow re-naming process. At 359 years old, this is a city that can afford to take its time and this shows in a determination to honour only those whom history has proved truly deserving. What Cape Town is also saying, of course, is that history cannot be whitewashed away and new names written-over in black. What counts in Cape Town is a courageous name that spans a century or more. I am sure Helen Suzman would agree.

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