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The Youngs of Port Elizabeth – Defiance

S.S. (Tian) van der Merwe, MP, the husband of Susan, nee Young, came to know Nelson Mandela when he visited him on Robben Island. Later, he was amongst the first to visit the African National Congress delegation in Lusaka in defiance of the government.

He died tragically in a car accident in 1991. Susan van der Merwe herself later became an MP, 1995 -2013, and was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 2004 – present.