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Helen Suzman was an economist and member of South Africa's Parliament who opposed the caste system known as apartheid.
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Born on November 7, 1917, in Germiston, South Africa, Helen Suzman worked as a governmental statistician and economics lecturer who won a seat in Parliament, later forming the Progressive Party. For more than a decade, she was the sole parliamentary voice to oppose apartheid and served as president of the South African Institute of Race Relations in the early '90s. She died in Johannesburg on January 1, 2009.
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