529pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2016
Helen Zille was born in 1951 in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, to German immigrant parents. She worked as a political journalist at the Rand Daily Mail, where she wrote the story exposing Steve Biko's murder. She joined the Democratic Party in the mid-1990s. Under the newly formed Democratic Alliance (DA) she was elected as a member of parliament in 2004 and became mayor of Cape Town in 2006. In 2007 she was elected leader of the DA. When the DA won the Western Cape in the 2009 general election she was appointed premier of the province, a position she still holds, after stepping down as DA leader in 2015.