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Anthony James Leon
Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa
in Durban South Africa
Tony Leon currently writes, speaks and consults on current affairs and future prospects, based on his unique background, as the longest serving leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of South Africa since the advent of democracy, as well as former Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay (appointed by President Jacob Zuma). Leon served 20 years in parliament, (winning Helen Suzman's seat when she retired), led the Democratic Party which he grew from 1.8 percent to become the Official Opposition in 1999. He founded the Democratic Alliance in 2000, winning control of the Western Cape Province and of the City of Cape Town.
After his retirement from the Party leadership, Leon, a trained lawyer and former law lecturer, was invited as a Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and to the Cato Institute in Washington DC.
He writes an acclaimed column in the Business Day, authored three books, and is invited to speak to different audiences both in South Africa and abroad.
O: +27 21 300 0388
in The accidental Ambassador
Publishing, Printing and Print Media
Weekly columns (Tuesdays)
Law Practice and Legal Services
Government, Public Administration and Defence
Academia, Education and Training
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1980 - 1983
LLB - Law
Bachelor of Arts
Prestigious prize for On The Contrary - Leon's best selling autobiography published in 2008, Jonathan Ball Publishers.
Business Day Columnist
Widely published work on current affairs, legal matters and politics.
Member, 2012 - present
Delegate, 1991 - 1991
Member, 1986 - 1989
President, 1981 - 1982
Vice-President, 1979 - 1980
Member, 1978 - 1980
Publications and thoughts of Interest
""Mr Leon's autobiography is eloquent, funny and rich...It is an important record of South Africa's young democracy, witnessed from the other side of the fence.
As Mr Mandela told Mr Leon on his retirement, “You have played such a very important role in our country.” "" - 2008
""I am certain we will miss his lively engagements as a party leader in the public debate…he has the bark of a bull terrier."" - 2009
""A leader whose dynamism and capacity for analysis keeps everyone on their toes." and "your contribution to democracy is enormous, you have more support for all you have done than you might ever read about.”" - 2007
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