Media release: John Kane-Berman

29 July 2022

Gail Day

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John Kane-Berman

The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has taken note of the passing of John Kane-Berman, the former CEO of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), with which the FMF has had a long and friendly relationship. Mr Kane-Berman has addressed the members and supporters of the FMF at multiple events, sharing his unique insights on South African politics. Most recently, Mr Kane-Berman represented the IRR at an FMF panel discussion on 5 February 2020 about the history of South Africa's liberal movement alongside the Democratic Alliance's Gwen Ngwenya and the FMF's Martin van Staden.

"John Kane-Berman was the undisputed face of classical liberalism in South Africa from the 1980s to the mid-2010s. In his many years of intellectual activism, he stood strong against liberal slideaway and conservative capture. Our fledgling movement is poorer without him. The FMF expresses its deepest condolences to the loved ones Mr Kane-Berman leaves behind," said Martin van Staden on behalf of the FMF's Executive Committee.


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