2 April 2014
Stephen Chan, Professor of International Relations at SOAS, University of London, attended an event held in Parliament’s Great Hall by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) to debate the elections in South Africa with the South African High Commissioner HE Obed Mlaba.
After South Africa’s historic transition to multiparty politics, Mlaba became the first Mayor of Durban in 1996. Simultaneously, he held the titles of Chairman of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Local Government Association and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
At the end of his tenure as Mayor, Mlaba had become one of South Africa’s longest serving mayors, with a mayoral term spanning more than 15 years. He is currently South Africa’s sixth High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since 1994.
The CPA has been the voice of parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth for more than nine decades. It mobilises its Parliaments, legislatures, their members and staff to advance the consideration of good democratic governance and the institutional and professional development of its membership.