Book review: Helen of Hillbrow

25 October 2016 - 09:50
By Lin Sampson

She comes from a partly Jewish immigrant German family. Her father and his brother came to South Africa in the 1950s to work in a dynamite factory and to learn English. The women in her family were bold liberals active in social welfare work, something Zille has channelled.The thrust of this book is her personal history, her unexpected vulnerability and the intensity of her passions.

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