Boesak, antiapartheid activist, is pardoned

Insisted he was innocent of fraud and theft
Allan Boesak, a former church leader in the South African antiapartheid movement, has been pardoned after being convicted of diverting donations from development agencies to his own bank account.

Boesak, former president of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, was pardoned by South African President Thabo Mbeki. Boesak is expected to be readmitted to South Africa’s Uniting Reformed Church, the BBC reported.

Along with now-retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Boesak was in the forefront of nonviolent resistance to apartheid and used the platform of the WARC presidency, which he held from 1982 to 1991, to solicit international pressure to end South Africa’s system of racial separation.

 

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