Doyenne of Parliament Dene Smuts dies

Dene Smuts was a DA parliamentarian from 1989 to 2009.

Known for her forthright no nonsense attitude.

Dene Smuts died last night.

Before entering her political career, she was a journalist, editor and award winning author.

The DA says that during the constitutional negotiations of the early 1990s, Dene served on the then DP’s negotiating team, and contributed significantly to the writing of the Bill of Rights and in defining a proper process for judicial appointments

She was the first female member of Parliament to serve as a whip.

She served as the DA’s Shadow Minister of Home Affairs, Communications, and later in Justice and Constitutional Development.

She will be remembered for her fearsome debater style in caucus and in the House, as well as her unrelenting questioning.


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