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

The latest news from Bobby Stevenson

July 22nd, 2014

The following speeches were delivered in the Eastern Cape Legislature today by the DA’s Shadow MEC for Safety and Security, Bobby Stevenson MPL and Shadow MEC for Roads and Public Works, Vicky Knoetze MPL, during the budget vote debates of provincial departments. Speech by Bobby Stevenson, MPL DA Shadow MEC for Safety and Security “Dereliction […]


Leader of the official opposition in the Eastern Cape Legislature, Athol Trollip, and Chief Whip Bobby Stevenson addresses a press conference in East London on Wednesday, 16 June.
July 16th, 2014

  DA leader in the provincial legislature, Athol Trollip, held a press conference in East London this morning to give details about the institution’s continued efforts to protect the Premier from answering parliamentary questions relating to the Mandela funeral scandal. The Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature has, for a second time, blocked questions by the DA […]


July 2nd, 2014

The debate on premier Phumulo Masualle’s State of the Province Address resumes today in the Bhisho Legislature. (Subs:  Wednesday, 2 July 2014). Below is the speech by DA Shadow MEC for Finance, Bobby Stevenson. The Hon Premier correctly identified the economy and job creation as a key issue. 1.32 million people who are unemployed in […]


June 29th, 2014

I will be raising the crisis surrounding SAPS vehicles and 10111 calls centres in the province in the Eastern Cape legislature on Wednesday (subs: 2 July 2014) during questions for oral reply. The existence of a safe environment is a key factor in bringing investment, and in turn jobs, to the Eastern Cape. I have, […]


June 4th, 2014

The DA in the Eastern Cape will be keeping a close eye on whether the new MECs in the province will follow the example of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene or whether they will give into the temptation of “blinging” in new cars. The executive council needs to set an example when it comes to luxury […]