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


A COMPLAINT has been laid with the Human Rights Commission, and the provincial Department of Social Development is facing legal action over the closure of Port Elizabeth’s only two fully-funded frail care centres. Robin Ownhouse, who has a relative at the Algoa Frail Care Centre, confirmed yesterday that his family had filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission. Meanwhile, a letter of demand from Legal Aid SA on behalf …

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The department accepted the high bid. It was for a total of R104m CONTRACTORS Life Healthcare offered the Department of Social Development cheaper options for frail care twice in a desperate attempt to keep the facilities in Port Elizabeth open and ensure the dignified treatment of patients. This came to light following news of the imminent closure of the two Life Esidimeni Centres – Lorraine Frail Care and Algoa Frail …

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WHILE the Department of Social Development has decided not to renew the contracts for the only two fully state-funded frail care centres in Nelson Mandela Bay due to “affordability” issues, it has wasted hundreds of thousands of rands due to not paying its bills on time. The department’s own annual report mentions of large sums in fruitless and wasteful expenditure incurred for late payments. The report, tabled in the provincial …

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DA MPLs Marshall von Buchenroder and Bobby Stevenson, outside the offices of the Port Elizabeth Flying Squad.

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the SAPS recruitment drive for police reservists that is now taking place in the Eastern Cape.   An advertisement was placed The Herald yesterday (subs: Thursday,  17 Nov) calling for people to join the police reservists. I appeal to members of the public to come forward and volunteer.  Let’s join hands to make our communities safer. This step is long overdue.  The DA believes that fighting crime …

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Today, Nosimo Balindlela and Jane Cowley were sworn in as DA Members of the Provincial Legislature by the Speaker, Noxolo Kiviet (click here to view a picture). Nosimo Balindlela is no stranger to the Provincial Legislature as she has served as Premier and MEC before. Jane Cowley was the Leader of the DA Ndlambe Council Caucus. She is also an experienced educationalist who served as the principal of a farm school for 12 …

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