GERMISTON – The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Ekurhuleni has taken an opportunity to honour anti-apartheid and human rights activist, Helen Suzman as she would have turned 100 years earlier this year.
Suzman was born in the South African mining town of Germiston on 7 November 1917 to Samuel and Frieda Gavronsky, both immigrants from Eastern Europe who had come to South Africa to escape the restrictions imposed on Jews by Russia.
“Suzman paved the way for politics to be a safe environment for women.”
She was brought up in a family which was financially stable, and was educated at a convent and thereafter at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). Suzma later became one of South Africa’s most famous white parliamentarians and human rights activists.
During a council meeting held in Germiston on Thursday 30 November, the DA’s Shadow MMC for Community Services Tsholofelo Motshidi said, “The path she took those many years ago has ensured that myself as a black woman have an opportunity stand here today. Mme Suzman paved the way for politics to be a safe environment for women.”
The DA recognised Suzman for using her voice as a member of parliament to speak for those who were not given the right to speak for themselves.
Motshidi continued to urge the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Cllr Mzwandile Masina to make a commitment in the year of the centenary of Helen Suzman’s birth to commit the city to honouring her legacy.