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Tony Leon

Anthony James Leon

Nickname: 'Tony'

Executive Chairman, Resolve Communications

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born 15-12-1956 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 four books, and is invited to speak to different audiences both in South Africa and abroad.

Contact details

O: +27 21 300 0388

Web presence

Professional Portfolios

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The Accidental Ambassador

in The accidental Ambassador

Opposite Mandela: Encounters with South Africa's I...

in Opposite Mandela

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Advisor for Africa | K2 Business Intelligence
National, South Africa | May 2014 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Executive Chairman | Resolve Communications
National, South Africa | June 2013 - present

Consulting and Project Management

Columnist | Opinions Page | Business Day
Nationwide, South Africa | October 2012 - present

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Weekly columns (Tuesdays)

Attorney | Supreme Court of South Africa
South Africa | 1985 - present

Law Practice and Legal Services

Previous Position(s)

Ambassador | Argentina | Government of South Africa
2009 - September 2012

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Visiting Fellow | Cato Institute
Washington DC, United States of America | 2008 - 2008

Academia, Education and Training

Vice President International Council | Jewish Parliamentarians
South Africa | 2006 - 2009

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Vice President | Liberal International
South Africa | 2003 - 2008

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Leader | Democratic Alliance
2000 - 2007

Leader of the Opposition, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa | Government of South Africa
South Africa | 1999 - 2007

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Chairman | Theme Committee on Human Rights | Constitutional Assembly
South Africa | 1994 - 1996

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Leader | Democratic Party
1994 - 2000

Member, Governing Council | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1992 - 1996

Academia, Education and Training

Delegate | Democratic Party | Multi-Party Negotiating Forum
World Trade Centre, Kempton Park | 1992 - 1993

Member of Parliament | National Assembly | Houghton Constituency
1989 - 1994

Member of Parliament | Government of South Africa
South Africa | 1989 - 2009

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Leader of Opposition | DP & PFP: Johannesburg City Council
1988 - 1989

Visiting Lecturer | Pennsylvania State University
United States of America | 1987 - 1987

City Councillor | Johannesburg City Council
1986 - 1989

Lecturer | Law Faculty | University of the Witwatersrand
University of the Witwatersrand | 1986 - 1989

Academia, Education and Training

Attorney | Edward Nathan & Friedland (Pty) Ltd
1983 - 1986

Organiser | Progressive Party

Educational history


Kearsney College, KwaZulu Natal (1975)


University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 1980 - 1983

LLB - Law

University of the Witwatersrand

Completed 1980

Bachelor of Arts



Recht Malan Prize - best non fiction book, 2009 | 2009

Prestigious prize for On The Contrary - Leon's best selling autobiography published in 2008, Jonathan Ball Publishers.

One of 'Four Outstanding Young South Africans' finalist

Rare Achievers Finalist | J&B

Star of the Community | Star Newspaper

Shortlist and nomination

SABC 3's Top 100 Great South Africans List

16th Position

media exposure

Business Day | 2012

Business Day Columnist

The Financial Times, Washington Post, Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Harvard Review | Legal and academic journals and newspapers | 1989

Widely published work on current affairs, legal matters and politics.

Other Achievements



Cape Town Press Club

Member, 2012 - present

SA Institute of Race Relations


Law Society of Gauteng



United Nations/World Council of Churches Conference on Human Rights

Delegate, 1991 - 1991

Various City Council Committees and Tribunals

Member, 1986 - 1989

Law Students Council

President, 1981 - 1982

Student Representative Council

Vice-President, 1979 - 1980

Student Representative Council

Member, 1978 - 1980

Other Activities

Tony Leon's Website


Publications and thoughts of Interest





The Economist

""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

President Thabo Mbeki

""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

Nelson Mandela

""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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