Ser­vice planned for Bo­raine

Cape Times - - FRONT PAGE - RAPHAEL WOLF [email protected]

REL­A­TIVES, friends and former col­leagues of anti-apartheid icon Alex Bo­raine will gather at the Angli­can Christ Church in Con­stan­tia for a me­mo­rial ser­vice next Thurs­day.

Bo­raine, who served as Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu’s deputy chair­per­son at the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion, died on Wed­nes­day after a re­mis­sion of can­cer and a re­cent fall.

An­drew Bo­raine said his 87-year-old fa­ther con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to the new demo­cratic South Africa.

“We are in the process of ar­rang­ing for a pri­vate cre­ma­tion.

“We re­mem­ber him first as a lov­ing and wise hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther. We salute his life­long ded­i­ca­tion to non-racial­ism, hu­man rights, democ­racy and so­cial jus­tice in South Africa and around the world.

“Most of all he in­spired us with his pas­sion for life and his big heart.”

Bo­raine and fel­low Pro­gres­sive Party MP and party leader Van Zyl Slab­bert left Par­lia­ment in 1986 to start the In­sti­tute for a Demo­cratic South Africa (Idasa) in 1987. “They felt it was no longer pos­si­ble to change the coun­try from its apartheid poli­cies.” Idasa had ar­ranged meet­ings be­tween South African so­ci­ety lead­ers and ex­iles to en­cour­age and plan a new demo­cratic South Africa.”

An­drew said his fa­ther pro­posed the idea of the TRC to then pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela after the first demo­cratic elec­tions.

The com­mis­sion heard 20 000 tes­ti­monies from South Africans af­fected coun­try­wide by the hor­rors of apartheid.

After the com­mis­sion, Bo­raine had also started the In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Tran­si­tional Jus­tice in New York.

It did sim­i­lar work to the TRC in coun­tries such as Le­banon, Sri Lanka, El Sal­vador, Brazil and Ar­gentina.

He also chaired the TRC in Mau­ri­tius, which looked at slav­ery and colo­nial­ism.

He wrote a num­ber of books, in­clud­ing A Coun­try Un­masked (about the TRC) and South Africa: What’s Gone Wrong.

Born in Lansdowne in 1931, Bo­raine left school at the age of 14, but later com­pleted ma­tric and a de­gree in the­ol­ogy in 1957 at Rhodes Univer­sity.

He also stud­ied for an MA de­gree at Ox­ford Univer­sity and for a PhD at Drew Univer­sity (US) and was head of the Methodist Church in South Africa.

Bo­raine is sur­vived by his widow Jen­nifer, his four chil­dren, their spouses and seven grand­chil­dren.

The me­mo­rial ser­vice starts at 2pm.

ALEX BO­RAINE

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