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

March 21st, 2015

The DA celebrated Human Rights Day in the Chris Hani informal settlement in Kwazakhele in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro today.  Sound clip in English:  Human Rights Day Sound clip in Afrikaans:  Human Rights Day (Afrikaans) We have made great progress with regard to human rights in South Africa today.  We have a new constitution […]


March 16th, 2015

The DA has begun the process of electing a mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality.  The DA is an open opportunity party and any suitable person is welcome to apply for the position and will go through our selection process. Applications need to be in by Tuesday, 31 March 2015 at 17:00.  Applications can […]


March 11th, 2015

It was reported recently that 640 civil servants had false qualifications.   SOUND CLIP IN ENGLISH:  Underqualified people must be fired from Civil Service (English) SOUND CLIP IN AFRIKAANS:  Underqualified people must be fired from Civil Service (Afrikaans) FOR ISIXHOSA INTERVIEWS, CONTACT OUR PROVINCIAL CHAIRPERSON, VELISWA MVENYA — 082 418 7916.  How many officials in […]


March 6th, 2015

The Eastern Cape budget for 2015/16 was tabled in the Bhisho legislature by Finance and Provincial Expenditure MEC Sakhumzi Somyo this morning.  Below is comment from the DA, official opposition in legislature.  FOR A SOUND CLIP IN ENGLISH CLICK HERE:  EC Budget – 6 March 2015 (English) FOR A SOUND CLIP IN AFRIKAANS CLICK HERE: […]


March 5th, 2015

Truck drivers and motorists using the R72 coastal road in the Keiskamma cuttings are the victims of highway robbers. FOR A SOUND CLIP IN ENGLISH CLICK HERE:  Temp police station must be erected in Keiskamma (English) FOR A SOUND CLIP IN AFRIKAANS CLICK HERE:  Temp police station must be erected in Keiskamma (Afrikaans) FOR INTERVIEWS […]