Saturday, January 3, 2009

Anti-apartheid Campaigner Dies

Helen Suzman, one of South Africa's most celebrated anti-apartheid campaigners, has died at the age of 91.

The white champion of non-white rights was the longest serving member of the country's white parliament and had been an unrelenting campaigner for the enfranchisement of the black majority.

She regularly visited the improvised township of Soweto when other whites rarely did and confronted authorities for enacting "emergency laws."

In 1990, on the 40th anniversary for the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, she said it would still take "decades to overcome the bitter legacy of apartheid" and its effects.