OPPOSITE MANDELA, encounters with South Africa's icon

: Leon (T.)

R 210.00
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243 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014


Tony Leon offers an insider account of how President Nelson Mandela related to his political opponents.

"In the confiding, winningly self-deprecatory style that defines Leon's authorial voice, he offers a unique personal insight into Nelson Mandela and guides us, engagingly and provocatively, through the most turbulent and exciting times in contemporary South African politics" John Carlin, author of "Playing the Enemy" and "Knowing Mandela"

"A frank, fair-minded memoir of the Mandela years by a political opponent whom Mandela himself clearly liked and respected." JM Coetzee

Tony Leon served twenty years (1989-2009) as a Member of Parliament in South Africa. For thirteen of these years (1994-2007) he was leader of the Democratic Party and Democratic Alliance, the country's official opposition party. A lawyer and attorney, he lectured in Constitutional Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and served on the Johannesburg City Council before entering Parliament. His other books are "Hope & Fear, reflections of a democrat", "On the Contrary, leading the opposition in a democratic South Africa", and "The Accidental Ambassador, from parliament to Patagonia".