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Tony Leon : Leader of the Democratic Alliance
Tony Leon has been a committed and lifelong champion of liberal democracy in South Africa. His first job was as an organiser for the Progressive party when he was just eighteen. After qualifying as an attorney at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he was President of the Law Students' Council and Vice-President of the Students' Representative Council, he became a lecturer in the Law Department in 1986. In the same year he was elected to the Johannesburg City Council, where he stayed for three years and became leader of the Opposition in the Council. In 1989, he was elected to Parliament for the Houghton constituency. Between 1990 and 1994, he was the chairperson of the DP's Bill of Rights Commission, an advisor to CODESA and a delegate to the multi-party negotiations process at Kempton Park. In 1994, he was again elected to Parliament and then to the leadership of the DP. In 1999, he became leader of the Official Opposition, committing his party to the consolidation of the opposition. The formation of the Democratic Alliance, under Tony Leon's leadership, is the first step in that consolidation process.
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