DES­MOND TUTU MOURNS PASS­ING OF TRC CO-FOUNDER ALEX BO­RAINE

Swazi Observer - - NEWS - Cape Ar­gus

CAPE TOWN - Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu has con­veyed his con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Alex Bo­raine, who died on Wed­nes­day, de­scrib­ing him as a true gentle­men who loved his coun­try. “Leah and I are very sad to bid farewell to Alex Bo­raine, an ad­mired col­league and dear friend,” Tutu said. Bo­raine was co-founder of the Truth and Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Com­mis­sion (TRC) and its vice-chair­per­son. The 87-year-old passed away at home in his sleep on Tues­day morn­ing. “As deputy chair­per­son of the TRC, Alex was mea­sured, re­as­sur­ing, or­gan­ised and ef­fi­cient," Tutu said. "He made sure things ran in the ap­pro­pri­ate or­der, and on time. He was more than a right-hand man. "I could not have man­aged the com­mis­sion with­out him,” he said. Bo­raine was or­dained as an Methodist min­is­ter in 1956. He stud­ied at Rhodes Univer­sity in the Eastern Cape, Ox­ford Univer­sity in Eng­land and Drew Univer­sity in the US. In 1970, he was ap­pointed the youngest pres­i­dent of the Methodist Church of South­ern Africa, a po­si­tion he held un­til 1972. He was elected to Par­lia­ment as an MP for the Pro­gres­sive Party in 1974. In 2001, Bo­raine co-founded the In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Tran­si­tional Jus­tice (ICTJ), an in­ter­na­tional hu­man rights NGO, where he served as the pres­i­dent for three years, and was sub­se­quently chair­per­son of ICTJ’s South Africa of­fice. “We send our deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily as we thank God for Alex, a fel­low trav­eller in the jour­ney for a bet­ter South Africa. "May he rest in peace and rise in glory,” Tutu said.

MOURNS: Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Des­mond Tutu has con­veyed his con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Alex Bo­raine, who died on Wed­nes­day.

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