Memorial for Alex Boraine
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.