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


Bobby Stevenson

The improvement of audit outcomes for provincial departments and public entities is a step forward for the Eastern Cape, but the journey to clean audits still has a long way to go. According to an announcement by the Premier, Phumulo Masualle, only a third, or two of the 13 provincial departments and six out of the 11 public entities in the Eastern Cape received clean audits.  (eight out of 24) …

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I am today challenging Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana to spell out the time-frames for the release of quarterly crime statistics in the Eastern Cape. In June the national cabinet took a decision that crime stats would be released every quarter, in addition to the annual, comprehensive release. Crime-battered residents of the Eastern Cape cannot simply rely on an annual release of crime stats which are 18 months out …

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Bobby Stevenson

The annual SAPS crime statistics for 2015/16 were released on Friday, 2 September 2016. The high murder rate (up 9.9% from 3 321 in 2014/15 to 3 649 in 2015/16), carjacking (up 24.3% from 769 in 2014/15 to 956 in 2015/15) and truck hijacking (up 58.8% from 34 in 2014/15 to 54 in 2015/16), along with the high rate of other crimes in this province, highlights the need for the …

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The two-day provincial cabinet lekgotla needs to take note that there is a growing, groundswell, demand for change in the Eastern Cape.  It cannot be business as usual.   This is a clear message from the municipal elections. The provincial lekgotla needs to spell out in clear and unambiguous terms how they are going to deal with consequence management.  This is the bleeding underbelly of the province.  There are no consequences …

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There needs to be a clear plan put on the table to roll out free broadband access in the province. For a voice clip click here:  Media statement Free Wi-Fi access needed to move EC economy forward The provincial government must take urgent measures to bridge the digital divide between the insiders – those who have access to Wi-Fi and the internet – and the outsiders – those with no or …

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