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 annual 16 days of activism for no violence against women and children starts tomorrow (subs:  Wednesday, 25 November 2015) The high levels of sexual voice against women and children are a sad reflection of how skewed our moral values have become in South Africa today.  Once again, another 16 days of activism of no violence against women and children has been declared, but can one honestly say the situation …

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The DA is shocked by another murder, execution style, which took place in Beetlestone Road opposite Papenkuil Primary School in Gelvandale just before 10:00 this morning. I have been informed by Edmund van Vuuren MPL that bystanders told him that the person shot was a potential witness in a murder case. The culture of lawlessness which is continuing to escalate in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth needs to be …

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The Eastern Cape Adjustments Appropriation Bill for 2015/16 was tabled in the Bhisho legislature today (subs:  Wednesday, 18 November 2015). The Eastern Cape march towards a fiscal cliff continues without the MEC for Finance and Provincial Expenditure spelling out clear plans on how to deal with the escalating wage bill.  MEC Sakhumzi Somyo correctly identified the provincial wage bill of 65% of the total budget as a key problem that …

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Bobby Stevenson

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for Quarter 3 of 2015 was released by Statistics South Africa today. The continued high levels of unemployment in the Eastern Cape offer a bleak future for matriculants and university students who are looking for jobs.  The official unemployment rate in the Eastern Cape increased from 29. 1% in the second quarter to 29. 2% in the third quarter, according to the latest Labour Force …

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120 state officials charged with financial misconduct since 2013, says Somyo report MORE than 120 provincial government officials have been charged with financial misconduct between 2013 and June this year. This was revealed by finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo in a report submitted to the Bhisho legislature. Somyo said 66 government officials were charged for contravening the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) in the 2013-14 financial year. He said 42 others …

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