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

The latest news from Bobby Stevenson

May 26th, 2015

The Quarterly Labour Force Survey for Quarter 1 of 2015 was released by Statistics South Africa today.   The job shedding policies of the ANC are wreaking havoc on families in the Eastern Cape along with our two major metros.    A job is not simply about work, it’s about dignity and being able to put […]


May 15th, 2015

THE Eastern Cape government has paid out more than R500-million in litigation and settlements in the past three fiscal years, the biggest culprit being the Department of Health. Poor patient monitoring, late referrals and long waits for operations were among the reasons that saw the province’s Department of Health incur more than R170- million in […]


May 14th, 2015

The Eastern Cape government paid out R504-million over the last three financial years for court litigation and settlements. VOICE CLIP IN ENGLISH:  Voice clip-English VOICE CLIP IN AFRIKAANS:  Voice clip-Afrikaans The Eastern Cape government paid out a massive R504-million over the last three financial years for court litigation and settlements.  R296-million was paid out for […]


May 7th, 2015

Today we have gathered here in solidarity to demonstrate our anger and sorrow  with the events that have taken place in our country and Metro over the last few weeks. Let me first commend you for coming out. When we gather together in such numbers around a common cause we draw strength and support from […]


May 4th, 2015

ON Freedom Day, the following came to mind: We have much to celebrate; We have much to mourn and; We have much to change. When we face situations like this, we need to always take the long view. Our society achieved a miracle in 1994, when we experienced a peaceful transition to democracy away from […]