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Helen Suzman
Member of Parliament for Houghton
In office
1953–1989
Personal details
Born Helen Gavronsky
(1917-11-07)7 November 1917
Germiston, South Africa
Died 1 January 2009(2009-01-01) (aged 91)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Political party United Party
Progressive Party
Progressive Reform Party
Progressive Federal Party
Spouse(s) Moses Suzman
Children Frances
Patricia
Alma mater University of the Witwatersrand
Religion Judaism

Debate is almost non-existent and no one is apparently accountable to anybody apart from their political party bosses. It is bad news for democracy in this country.
Helen Suzman
Tool of Communist agitators… it's really a joke, isn't it? Because, quite clearly, we are a party of real moderates. It just shows how little they understand.
Helen Suzman
The employment laws are completely unrealistic. You cannot overcome that in only 10 years. It will take at least another generation before young people are properly qualified.
Helen Suzman
My own electorate, which I represented for 36 years as an anti-apartheid politician, had a considerable number of Jewish voters supporting me throughout my career.
Helen Suzman
That's my life in there. It would never be possible today to ask as many questions as I did.
Helen Suzman
All these stories are grist to the mill of the government because they build up a very useful war psychosis.
Helen Suzman
I am hopeful about any future for whites in this country, but not entirely optimistic.
Helen Suzman
I used to be a fan of proportional representation, but I am not at all now I have seen it in action.
Helen Suzman
For all my criticisms of the current system, it doesn't mean that I would like to return to the old one.
Helen Suzman
I am provocative, and I admit this. It isn't as if I'm only on the receiving end, a poor, frail little creature. I can be thoroughly nasty when I get going, and I don't pull my punches.
Helen Suzman
It is the answers, not the questions, that are embarrassing.
I don't think we will ever go the way of Zimbabwe, but people are concerned.
Helen Suzman
This country is armed to the teeth, and none of these African states could begin to attack South Africa.
Helen Suzman
I can say unequivocally that the boycott does not work. It's never complete enough to have impact unless it's backed by force, and I don't think anybody in America seriously proposes that.
Helen Suzman
I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights. The indispensable elements in a democratic society – and well worth fighting for.
Helen Suzman
I represent all the enlightened people in this country, and that's a fine thing to be able to do. It infuriates my opponents when I say this, but it is true.
Helen Suzman