The mission of the Helen Suzman Foundation is to create a platform for public debate and dialogue - through publications, roundtable discussions, conferences, and by developing a research profile through an internship programme - with the aim of enhancing public service delivery in all its constituent parts. The work of the Helen Suzman Foundation will be driven by the principles that informed Helen Suzman's public life.

These principles are:

  • Reasoned discourse;
  • Fairness and equity;
  • The protection of individual human rights;
  • Promotion of the Rule of Law.

The Foundation is not aligned to any political party and will actively work with a range of people and organisations to be an influencing force for the country’s emerging democracy.

"I stand for simple justice, equal opportunity and human rights; the indispensable elements in a democratic society - and well worth fighting for." - Helen Suzman