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


DA MPLs Kobus Botha, Bobby Stevenson, Edmund van Vuuren and Ross Purdon at the Dickson Dyani Senior Primary School in Mdantsane as part of the Bhisho legislature’s Nelson Mandela Day campaign.

MPLs participated in the provincial legislature’s Nelson Mandela Day campaign in Mdantsane in East London on Friday, 17 July to dedicate 67 minutes of their time in honour of former President Nelson Mandela’s legacy. The Nelson Mandela Day 67 minutes goodwill activities took place at Dickson Dyani Senior Primary School, the Mdantsane Arts Centre, the Mdantsane Library and the Mthsothso NU1 cemetery.  The activities included the painting of classroom ceilings …

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The DA is shocked and saddened by the killing of another member of the police service in the Eastern Cape.  Yesterday a policeman and a paramedic where murdered in New Brighton in Port Elizabeth in what appears to have been a planned shooting. Our hard working policemen- and women are committed to making our society a safer place.  Anyone who kills or injures a policeman must face the full wrath …

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A spokesperson of the Department of Correctional Services, Zama Feni, commented on BayTV yesterday and in Die Burger this morning on the DA’s call for the banning of cellphones in St. Albans prison in Port Elizabeth to curb gansterism in the city.   The community will be relieved to hear the commitment by the Department of Correctional Services to install cellphone detection equipment in St. Albans prison in Port Elizabeth …

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PORT ELIZABETH. – Selfone in Oos-­Kaapse tronke se dae is getel. Die departement van korrektiewe dienste (DKD) het vandeesweek ’n opsporingstelsel in gebruik geneem waarmee gevangenes se gebruik van selfone met ’n GPS­toestel bespeur kan word. Die Mthatha­gevangenis was die eerste om dié toestel in te stel en St. Albans in die Baai is volgende. Dis hier waar Christopher Panayiotou (28), Luthando Siyoli (31) en Sizwezakhe Vumazonke (30) vir die …

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The fight against gangsterism in the Port Elizabeth Northern Areas must be treated as a war.  It needs one central champion that will implement a multi-disciplinary approach which involves all stakeholders. When I met with the provincial police management last week, with the legislature portfolio committee on safety and security, I raised this matter and pointed out that there needs to be a single champion that bring all the role-players …

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