Bobby Stevenson

2BobbyROBERT (BOBBY) SYKES DUBULIRHAMBA* 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.

Education:

  • 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.

Hobbies:

  • Golf, gym and recreational tennis
  • Enjoys reading extensively on politics and human resources development

LATEST ARTICLES



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The Eastern Cape provincial government has failed to stem the tide of the jobs bloodbath across the Eastern Cape, as a further 66,000 jobs were lost in the three months between April and June. The latest unemployment statistics show the province’s unemployment figures have shot up 3.3% quarter on quarter, from 43,8% to 47,1%, the worst in the country. The province’s expanded unemployment rate has reached a staggering 53%! Even …


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The skyrocketing increases in violent crime in the Eastern Cape are a real cause for concern. Our province is bleeding as residents are being slaughtered, raped and abused. The crime statistics for the first quarter of the 2021/22 financial year, between April and June, released by National Police Minister, Bheki Cele, paint a dismal picture of runaway crime. There were 1020 people murdered in the province in three months, a …


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The second attack on farmers in the Hankey area in as many weeks should be sounding alarms, and police should be pulling out all stops to bring these assailants to justice. The first attack saw A 72-year-old farmer shot in the leg during a shoot-out with attackers on his smallholding on Wednesday last week [11 August 2021]. The assailants fled the scene and no arrests have been made. Last night …


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The brutal criminal onslaught against women and children in the Eastern Cape has shown little to no signs of stopping, with tens of thousands of cases of violent crime against women and children reported annually. The lives of our women and children are not respected or valued. Societal norms in this regard need to rapidly change! In response to parliamentary questions from the Democratic Alliance, MEC for Community Safety, Weziwe …


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The Eastern Cape provincial government continues to destroy the livelihoods of small businesses by repeatedly failing to pay its suppliers within 30 days. Over 24 000 invoices from suppliers valued in excess of R3,5 billion were still outstanding at the end of the last financial year, playing a tremendous amount of stress on businesses that have had to carry the costs during extremely difficult times. In response to a Parliamentary …


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