Alex Boraine Remembered for Advancing Democracy in South Africa


"If it weren't for Alex Boraine, the institute for a democratic alternative would not have existed in South Africa."

This is according to Paul Graham, former executive director of the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), an organisation Boraine founded in 1986 with Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, in "a formidable partnership", Graham said. 

Boraine died in the early hours of Wednesday at the age of 87. 

He was best known as the vice-chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu from 1996 to 1998. 

Boraine was one of the founders and president of the International Center for Transitional Justice in New York.  

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