About Us


The Helen Suzman Foundation promotes liberal constitutional democracy. Our liberalism is grounded in Helen’s legacy, and draws from the history of liberal thought in South Africa.

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Helen Suzman

The Helen Suzman Foundation was founded in 1993 to honour the life work of Helen Suzman. The Foundation seeks to promote the values espoused by Helen Suzman throughout her public life and in her devotion to public service. Helen Suzman became an MP in 1953, going on to serve for a further 36 years. For 13 of those years Helen was the sole Progressive MP in Parliament and for 6 years was the only female parliamentarian. She consistently challenged discriminatory legislation and the spate of security laws introduced by the Apartheid government.

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Our people

Read about the people and organisations that carry on the work of the Helen Suzman Foundation.

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