Memo­rial for Alex Bo­raine

Sunday Tribune - - METRO -

REL­A­TIVES, friends and for­mer col­leagues of anti-apartheid icon Alex Bo­raine, 87, will gather at the Angli­can Christ Church in Con­stan­tia, Cape Town, for a memo­rial ser­vice on Thurs­day.

Bo­raine, who was 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.

Bo­raine and fel­low Pro­gres­sive Party MP and party leader Fred­er­ick van Zyl Slab­bert left Par­lia­ment in 1986 to start the In­sti­tute for a Demo­cratic South Africa (Idasa) in 1987.

Bo­raine’s son, 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 started the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Tran­si­tional Jus­tice in New York.

The memo­rial ser­vice starts at 2pm.

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