Like Wilfred, Helmut is a white liberal from Germany, though he is only in South Africa on a temporary work contract. Helmut forms a close friendship with Mathabane and also considers apartheid akin to Nazism, going so far as to compare it to a second Holocaust in its systematic subjugation of black people. Helmut finds South Africa’s segregation laws so horrendous that he states he could never live there, and he gleefully thwarts these rules in his relationship with Mathabane. Helmut plays tennis with Mathabane on whites-only courts and tries to dine with him in whites-only restaurants, picking fights with managers whenever they refuse service. Despite his impish nature, Helmut offers Mathabane and his family whatever help he can give, even if it means risking his life.