Past eventResearch Event

Leadership and Governance in South Africa’s Democratic Development

13 September 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


HE Kgalema Motlanthe, President of the Republic of South Africa (2008-09)
Chair: Dame Nicola Brewer, British High Commissioner to South Africa (2009-13)



The consolidation of democracy is an ongoing process in South Africa. The ANC has been in government since the first democratic election in 1994, and all four post-apartheid presidents have been members of the party.

At a party conference scheduled for December this year, the party will elect a new leader who will seek to re-affirm the ANC’s position as the party of government, ahead of national elections in 2019. The new leader will need to maintain the party’s broad church of support, and demonstrate national leadership in a country with a fractured past and considerable socioeconomic challenges.

At this meeting former President Kgalema Motlanthe discusses the role of individual and organizational leadership in South Africa’s ongoing democratic development.

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