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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.
On the Contrary
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 Sou...
Jewish Book Week through the year: Tony Leon
Tony Leon is a well-known politician in South Africa who was an active participant in the constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa. After retirement from parliament, where he was leader of the opposition, he became what he calls “an accidental ambassador” in South America. In this exclusive London event for Jewish Book Week to present volume two of his recollections, Tony Leon reflected in conversation with journalist John Carlin on “Jews, ...