Born: Port Elizabeth, 18 February 1959

Marital Status:

Divorced with 2 children

Current position:
Bobby Stevenson is the Chief Whip of the Official Opposition in the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape.

Bobby is also the Deputy Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and is a member of the Provincial Executive of the DA, for 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) in 1993

Political Background:

  • 1978 was elected as the 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 councillor, played a leading role in fighting racial discrimination at the 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 a non-racial local government. Was the head of the DP negotiating team.
  • From 1999 to date was elected to the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape and served as either the Chief Whip or Leader of the Official Opposition.
  • Also the Regional Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance in the Nelson Mandela Metropole 2000 -2007
  • 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:

  • Community Safety
  • Finance and Provincial Expenditure
  • Rules Committee
  • Legislature Oversight Committee
  • Whips Committee

Bobby is also part of the Federal Candidate Election Committee (FCEC) and is also a National Fundraiser for the party.

Active church member and has seen service as a society steward (elder), lay preacher in the Methodist Church. Currently a 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 the USA, Russia, Germany, France and Switzerland. The main focus is on local government issues.
  • Also attended executive training courses 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.


  • Bowls and gym
  • Enjoys reading extensively on politics and human resources development

Bobby has successfully developed the DA brand in not only Nelson Mandela Bay, but also in the Eastern Cape Legislature.

* Xhosa name meaning “the one that kills the mighty snake”


DA condemns shutdown of Eastern Cape Legislature

March 14th, 2023

The Democratic Alliance (DA) condemns in the strongest terms the shutdown of the Eastern Cape Legislature on the day that the budget speech was meant to be delivered under the guise of security concerns relating to the ongoing strike action. This is an assault on democracy. Never before in the history of the Legislature have members been barred from the House. The Legislature cannot be held to ransom by perceived …

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EC unemployment remains stubbornly high

February 28th, 2023

The Eastern Cape unemployment rate remains stubbornly high, with a fractional reduction of just 0.3 percentage points, from 42.4% to 42.1%. The Democratic Alliance welcomes the fact that 132 000 additional jobs were created in the province and that unemployment seems to have declined in rural areas. Still, these gains pale in comparison to the need for work in this province. There is a hand around the throat of our …

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EC Premier clearly living in a different province than the rest of us

February 24th, 2023

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s description of our province as “a story of good progress” is a delusional fairy tale that ignores the harsh realities confronting citizens daily. This is best summed up by the fact that there is no water in the Legislature right now. We can’t turn on a tap or flush the toilets in the building that is the centre of government in this province. How much …

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Premier must give clear direction this SOPA

February 23rd, 2023

Premier Oscar Mabuyane, must spell out how he is going to create a province that we all want and dream of. The time for pretty stories is over. The time for real action is now. The people are tired of hearing empty promises and platitudes. They need real solutions. People want a province of hope and real opportunity that is founded on a capable, competent, and ethical state. The premier …

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Eastern Cape residents living in a war zone

February 17th, 2023

Residents of the Eastern Cape are now living in a war zone with the very real threat of being gunned down, raped or assaulted constantly hanging over their heads. The latest quarterly crime statistics for October to December 2022, released today, show that a tidal wave of violent crime continues to sweep over the province, fueling a climate of fear, heartbreak and sorrow. Behind these bloody statistics lie broken families, …

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