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Leading S African anti-apartheid figure Helean Suzman dead

Leading South African anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman, who for decades served as a lone voice of parliamentary dissent against white minority rule, died at the age of 91, the SAPA news agency said quoting her daughter.

world Updated: Jan 01, 2009 23:28 IST

Leading South African anti-apartheid activist Helen Suzman, who for decades served as a lone voice of parliamentary dissent against white minority rule, died on Thursday at the age of 91, the SAPA news agency said quoting her daughter.

Suzman, who served in the legislature between 1953 and 1989, died peacefully at her home in Johannesburg in the morning, her daughter Frances Jowell said.

"We are waiting for family and all grandchildren to arrive," Jowell said, adding that a private funeral would be held over the weekend.

The feisty Suzman, the first lawmaker to visit Nelson Mandela in jail during his long incarceration, has however been critical of the post-apartheid African National Congress government on fighting AIDS, crime and unemployment.

She had also stirred controversy by alleging that the ANC, in charge since the demise of apartheid in 1994, had airbrushed the role of white liberals in the struggle against whites-only rule.