Denis Worrall

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Denis John Worrall
Co-leader of the Democratic Party
In office
Serving with Wynand Malan
Zach de Beer
Personal details
Born (1935-05-29) 29 May 1935 (age 80)
Benoni, Gauteng
Alma mater University of Cape Town

Denis John Worrall (born in Benoni, Gauteng, 29 May 1935)[1] is a South African academic, businessman, and former politician and diplomat.

He was appointed as a Senator for the Cape Province in 1974, representing the National Party. He was subsequently elected to the House of Assembly as MP for Cape Town Gardens. He was chairman of the Constitutional Committee of the President's Council until 1982.[2]

He was Ambassador to Australia from 1982 to 1984 and then Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1984 to 1987.[3] He resigned his post in order to return to South Africa and enter politics, standing against the senior government minister Chris Heunis in the Helderberg constituency in the 1987 election, but lost by 39 votes.[2] He formed the liberal anti-apartheid Independent Party with Wynand Malan. He subsequently became one of the three co-leaders of the Democratic Party.

Worrall taught at universities in South Africa (University of Natal and University of the Witwatersrand), Nigeria, and the United States and edited the first general textbook on the South African government and politics.[3]

Worrall is the former Vice Chairman of the International Bank of Southern Africa, former chairman of the Australian mining company Crown Diamonds N.L., director of several other companies and a consultant to the World Bank and several multinational corporations.[3]


  1. ^ Who's Who in Southern Africa, retrieved 4 April 2012
  2. ^ a b Worrall, Denis John - The O'Malley Archives
  3. ^ a b c Swiss Invest Forum, biography of Denis Worrall, retrieved 6 January 2008