Bobby Stevenson


Born:    Port Elizabeth, 18 February 1959

* Xhosa name meaning “the one that kills the mighty snake”

Marital Status:

  • Divorced with 2 children

Current position:

  • Chief Whip of the Democratic Alliance in the Provincial Legislature, Eastern Cape
  • Deputy Provincial Leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape.


  • Attended Grey Junior School
  • Matriculated at Sacs in Cape Town

Tertiary Education

  • Graduated with a law degree – BProc in 1980 – UCT
  • Graduated from UPE with a BA Hons Degree in political science (Cum Laude) – 1993

Political Background

  • 1978 was elected as youth leader of the Progressive Federal Party in the Western Cape
  • Was a member of the Liberal students association at UCT
  • 1983 – appointed regional director of the Progressive Federal Party/ DP in the Eastern Cape and served in that capacity until 1999
  • 1988 – Was elected to the City Council of Port Elizabeth at the age of 28.
  • Re-elected in 1995
  • DP Caucus head
  • While on the council served on numerous bodies such as the Tourism Association, Business against crime, Port Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce, Community Police Forum as chairperson(Humewood)
  • Held the portfolio of safety and security on the executive committee of the Port Elizabeth City Council
  • While a city councilor, played a leading role in fighting racial discrimination at local government level and was a strong proponent of human rights.
  • Also played a leading role in the one city negotiations which resulted in Port Elizabeth being the first city in South Africa to have non racial local government.  Was the head of the DP negotiating team.
  • 1999 was elected to the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape and was the Chief Whip of the party.
  • Subsequently re-elected in 2004
  • Chief whip of the Official Opposition from 2005 – 2009.
  • Also the Regional Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in the Nelson Mandela Metropole 2000 -20007
  • Former provincial vice chair and provincial chairperson of finance of the Democratic Alliance of the Eastern Cape.
  • Also serves on the Federal Council of the party and on the national finance committee
  • Was the founding secretary general in 1995 of the Association of Liberal Democratic Councillors now ADAC
  • Played a leading role in designing the 1995 national local govt election campaign of the DP (national co-coordinator)
  • Member of the same party since 1977 through the subsequent mergers of PFP into DP and then DA
  • Political head PE South West Constituency.
  • Serves on the following Legislature Committees:
    • Safety and Security
    • Finance and provincial expenditure
    • Public Accounts
    • Rules Committee
  • Active church member and has seen service as a society steward (elder), lay preacher in the Methodist Church. Currently board member of the Institute for Spirituality and Wholeness which is directed by Bishop George Irvine.

Study tours:

  • Participated in a number of overseas study tours which include visits to USA, Russia, Germany, France and Switzerland. The main focus being on local government issues.
  • Also attended executive training course in Australia, New Zealand, India, China and Thailanad on behalf of the legislature.
  • Undertook a study tour in Canada in 2008 where the focus was on crime.
  • Undertaken numerous legislature training courses.


  • Golf, gym and recreational tennis
  • Enjoys reading extensively on politics and human resources development


Unemployment rising as economy tumbles AS AN influx of new graduates enter the job market, the South African unemployment rate continues to soar while the economy spirals in the opposite direction. A look at the recently released data and survey by StatsSA on the labour force trends, reflects a bleak picture of the future. The report, released early last week, shows that with an unemployment rate of 28.6% in the …

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The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for Quarter 1 of 2016 was released by Statistics South Africa today. The big jump in the unemployment rate for the Eastern Cape is a bitter blow, the pain of which will be felt in people’s stomachs as they battle to put food on the table. According to today’s Labour Force Survey, the unemployment rate is up from 27.4% in the fourth quarter of 2015 …

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DA Federal Chairperson Dr Wilmot James MP, DA Leader in the Eastern Cape Legislature Bobby Stevenson MPL, DA Shadow Minister of Basic Education Annette Lovemore MP, and Nelson Mandela Bay Metro councillor Stanford Slabbert visited Lovemore Park Farm School outside of Port Elizabeth on 2 August 2012.  This visit forms part of the DA's Jobs Campaign. Delivering quality education to all is a central component of the DA's Plan for Growth and Job Creation.

“Exchange rate decline fuels unauthorised expenditure” The over-expenditure of R90,4m occurred on items in programme 2, entitled district health services of the Health department. It resulted from the settlement of the Medico legal claims, the pressure to supply additional drugs and vaccines as well as the effects of the fluctuations in the currency exchange rate. The high cost of Medico legal claims is something that can be brought down, if …

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DA Shadow MEC for Finance, Bobby Stevenson, and Deputy Shadow MEC for Finance, Vicky Knoetze, during infrastructure oversight in Motherwell in Port Elizabeth.

Members of the legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Finance will this week be conducting oversight on infrastructure projects in the province.  DA MPLs Bobby Stevenson and Vicky Knoetze are part of a delegation who were in Nelson Mandela Bay’s Motherwell township. During the rest of the week, they will visit projects in Joe Slovo, Chatty Ext 3 and 4, Walmer and Willowdene in the city.  A report of the committee’s findings …

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The DA believes that the provincial department of Safety and Liaison must take up the cudgels on behalf of our much-neglected police reservists to ensure the completion of firearm competency training. This will drastically assist in the fight to create safer communities as they cannot patrol without undergoing this training. Any government that is serious about crime fighting would pull out all stops to get our Bobbies on the Beat. …

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