Leon to return to SA

Former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon has admitted he is returning to South Africa soon.

Former Democratic Alliance leader Tony Leon addresses Tomorrow's Leaders Convention, an event designed to recognise top young business leaders in the country, in Johannesburg, Tuesday, 10 March 2009. Picture:Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News , former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Tony Leon on Friday admitted he was returning to South Africa but not to local politics.

In 2009, Leon took up a post as the country's ambassador to Argentina.

Leon will return to South Africa in October when his term in South America expires.

He said he had no desires to return to opposition politics after 13 years at its helm.

"The party (DA) has obviously moved on. It's doing well so I'm not looking to play any role."

With three years experience as an ambassador, Leon is optimistic about new challenges that lay ahead.

"I'm going to be doing quite a lot of lectures in South Africa and abroad."

Leon emphasised he had no interested in being persuaded to return to a political role within the DA.