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Tutu pays tribute to 'admired colleague and dear friend' Alex Boraine

By: stagedoorscribbler - December 10, 2018

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Photograph by Hattie Miles

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has paid tribute to “admired colleague and dear friend,” Alex Boraine, the co-founder of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, who died last week at the age of 87.

Boraine also served as the TRC’s vice-chair and made an invaluable contribution to the organisation of its work. 

“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.”

A lawyer, theologian and Oxford graduate, Alex Boraine was a lifelong campaigner for justice.

He co-founded, in 2001, the human rights organisation, the International Centre for Transitional Justice.

Sending deepest condolences to his family, Tutu described his old friend as “a fellow traveller in the journey for a better South Africa, adding: "May he rest in peace and rise in glory.”