On the Contrary

Tony Leon

25/02/2009 3:15 pm

In his autobiography, On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in the New South Africa, Tony Leon, leader of the opposition to the ANC for thirteen years, looks back on a half century of South African politics from the fight to end Apartheid to the birth and near death of the Democratic Alliance and his struggle with Thabo Mbeki over AIDS, Zimbabwe and race. In a no-holds-barred assessment he provided an insider’s account of the dramas and events which have helped shape and define modern South Africa. He also charted the future course of South Africa following the rise of Jacob Zuma and the struggle for power inside the ANC. This was a rare opportunity for a view from behind the scenes from one of South Africa’s prominent actors.

Tony Leon

Tony Leon was South Africa’s Ambassador to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay and before that Leader of the Opposition in the South African parliament and Leader of the Democratic Alliance; He is author of On the Contrary: Leading the Opposition in a Democratic South Africa (2008), an attorney of the High Court, South Africa and formerly lecturer in Law at the University of Witwatersrand.

James Harding

James Harding joined The FT in 1994, serving as Shanghai Correspondent, Media Editor and Washington Bureau Chief. He joined The Times in 2006 as Business and City Editor and was Editor from 2007 to 2012. He is currently Director of News and Current Affairs for the BBC and is the author of Alpha DogsHow Political Spin Became a Global Business.