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:

  • Leader 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


A staggering R2 053 013 billion is now owed by the provincial government in excess of 30 days or more to suppliers, as at the end of March 2018. To view the response, please click here: Response These slow payments to suppliers are literally slitting the throat of our economy, as there is less money in circulation as well as strangling the future of small businesses by causing them to go …

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The desperate shortage of ambulances in the Eastern Cape is a crisis that is compounded by the number of escalating attacks on ambulance personnel who are at risk of being attacked when attempting to respond to an emergency. This has resulted in at least 15 personnel being placed on administrative duties due to post traumatic stress. Ambulance personnel are now being doubly traumatised by having to deal with patients in …

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Non-metro municipalities have shown a continued regression on water losses, increasing from 49.1% in 2016 to 51.2% in 2017. For the response, click here: Response Municipal income from water declined from 44.5% to 38.5% during the same period. This is money down the drain. This is in contrast to the steady progress that has been made in Nelson Mandela Bay. In the recent response received from the Eastern Cape Department of Finance, Economic Development, Environmental …

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The Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, together with the SAPS, are failing to take steps to ensure that we recruit police reservists.  The decline in the number of police reservists between 2015/16 and 2018/19 of 34% is simply not good enough. This is a decline of 685 reservists down from 2017 in 2015/16 to 1332 in 2018/19. For the response, please click here: Response The cry from our communities is …

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The local police station in every community is the first line of defence against criminals. However, over the past seven years, a staggering R225.6-million was paid out for civil claims against the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the Eastern Cape. Over the past two years, the numbers remained high, with 1 150 claims costing the province R73.2-million.  Communities want to be able to trust the police unconditionally and feel safe and protected …

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