Remembering Suzman

Just a brief note today to pay tribute to Helen Suzman, who died yesterday.

Over the past few weeks, I have been generally pondering the nature of politics and particularly those who involve themselves in politics as being something of a closed shop for a particular type of person who sees themselves as being overly important and by their nature, they push themselves to be front of the ‘political scene’.

Occasionally you come across people who seem to be motivated by less egotistical desires and the differences that they can make are resounding.

Helen Suzman was one such woman. She was an elected representative in South Africa through the bleakest Apartheid years and remained firm in her determination to promote a more equal society.

It’s a reminder that there is a nobility that can be achieved in public service and it isn’t always achieved by following a lead but rather by taking a lead.

We could do with more politicians of that ilk.

One thought on “Remembering Suzman

  1. I think it’s really wonderful to find examples of people who truly make a difference through public service. It gives you a little faith that good people still enter public service and also makes those of us who work in service to the public (not necessarily always in politics) feel like maybe we are making a difference. We just have to wait around to see the changes we’re trying to make!

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