Obit

Helen Suzman Dead at 91

Helen Suzman, one of the fiercest internal critics of apartheid, South Africa’s hated system of racial separation, has died at her home in Johannesburg aged 91. The daughter of Lithuanian Jews, she first entered the South African parliament in 1953 and for 13 years was the only MP to condemn South Africa's whites-only regime. She was a frequent visitor to Nelson Mandela when he was held in Robben Island prison for 18 years and was twice nominated for the Noble Peace Prize. Although ailing in recent years, Suzman continued to speak out against what she saw as the failings of South Africa's post-apartheid administration.