THE ACCIDENTAL AMBASSADOR, from Parliament to Patagonia

: Leon (T.)

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281 pp., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013


Tony Leon was the South African Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay from 2009 to 2012. In this book he shares his experiences, as well as reflections on governance, economic policy and politics in South Africa and his host countries.

"As a fellow accidental ambassador, reading Tony Leon's adventures in the land of the original Evita and the gauchos reminded me there are reasons to be grateful we live in South Africa after all." Pieter Dirk Uys aka Evita Bezuidenhout

Prior to his diplomatic appointment Tony Leon was leader of the opposition in the South African parliament and leader of the Democratic Alliance. He was also an attorney of the High Court in South Africa and a former lecturer in Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. He writes a weekly column in Business Day newspaper, advises local and overseas businesses, and lectures in South Africa and abroad.