RW Johnson went to school in Durban, attended the University of Natal and was prominent in student politics there. He went to Magdalen College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and taught at the University of East Anglia before returning to Magdalen where he was Fellow in Politics 1969-95.
He had a particular interest in French politics and also taught at the Sorbonne for several years. He then returned to South Africa to head the Helen Suzman Foundation, a post he left in 2001. He is the southern Africa correspondent of the Sunday Times (London) and is by some margin the most senior foreign correspondent writing from this country.
Johnson is the author of ten books and well over a thousand articles, writing for a large variety of international publications. His most recent book was the acclaimed and somewhat controversial South Africa’s Brave New World.