The SAJM’s current exhibition Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights opened on a Sunday evening 29 November 2015.
The exhibition was officially opened by the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille and guests included many past and current Democratic Alliance councillors as well as contemporaries of Helen Suzman from the Progressive Party era. Zille spoke eloquently about Suzman, both as a person and also of the importance of the role she played as the torch-bearer for liberal values and human rights during the darkest times of the National Party apartheid rule. The exhibition, through the use of film, photographs, letters and documents, brings into sharp focus how far we have come as a country. This exhibition is a timely reminder that the ideals for which Suzman stood remain the guiding principles for the future of our country, and her legacy remains as a shining example to us all. The exhibition, which closes at the end of February, is a redesigned and updated version of an older exhibition. This new version includes information on the final years of Suzman’s life, details of her legacy and a new film. The exhibition was developed by Millie Pimstone and designed by Linda Bester.