Mninwa J. Mahlangu, South African Ambassador to the United States, has been invited to be the guest speaker for the Spring 2017 Southern University Baton Rouge Commencement, Friday, May 12, 9:30 a.m., in the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Approximately 680 students are expected to participate in the spring graduation ceremony.
Ambassador Mahlangu was appointed in October 2014 by the President of South Africa to serve as the South African Ambassador to the United States of America, based in Washington, DC.
Ambassador Mahlangu is one of the leaders who played a critical role in the processes leading up to the first democratic South Africa. Between 1991 and 1994, he was a negotiator at the Congress for Democratic South Africa and the Multiparty Negotiation Forum. In 1993, he became the Co-Chairperson of these bodies. From 1993 to 1994 he was a member of South Africa’s Transitional Executive Council.
Ambassador Mahlangu last visited Southern University, November 19, 2015, and addressed an assembly at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy, in the atrium of Rodney G. Higgins Hall.