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Nelson Mandela Foundation pays tribute to Alex Boraine

The 87-year-old died at his home in Constantia on Wednesday morning, exactly five years after the death of Nelson Mandela.

FILE: Deputy Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Dr Alex Boraine faces the press during a break in discussions held at the TRC offices in Cape Town. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The Nelson Mandela Foundation has sent its condolences to the family of the late anti-apartheid activist Dr Alex Boraine.

The 87-year-old died at his home in Constantia on Wednesday morning, exactly five years after the death of Nelson Mandela.

The foundation's CEO Sello Hatang said: “Boraine played his part in trying to find a path towards a more reconciled South Africa. His passing is now connected to other legendary South Africans, Nelson Mandela who died today [five years ago] and the other one who was born on this day [in 1924] Robert Sobukwe.”

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says Boraine was a true gentleman who loved his country, an admired colleague and a dear friend.

Tutu visited Boraine at his Constantia home last Thursday.

The arch says Boraine was more than a right-hand man and says he could not have managed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission without him.

At the same time, former Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says the late Boraine will forever be remembered for his fight against apartheid and his work as a Truth and Reconciliation Commission vice chairperson.

“He’s been a great South African and a great son of this country. He was there with us in the struggle against apartheid. So, we’ll surely miss him. My deep condolences to his family and friends.”

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)

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