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”


EC Cabinet reshuffle missed opportunity

August 16th, 2022

Premier Oscar Mabuyane missed the opportunity to make more extensive changes to his cabinet this afternoon, choosing to purge his opponents rather than bring hope to the people of the province. Health and Education are in serious crisis, where a change of leadership desperately needs to occur, yet these posts remain untouched. The newly appointed cabinet members will be under huge pressure to deliver quality services in the run-up to …

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EC police stations worst in the country

July 18th, 2022

The Eastern Cape has the worst police stations in the country, with 70 stations in the province in such a bad state that they pose a health and safety risk to occupants and cause major disruption to service capability. Of the 148 stations in the poor category across the country, nearly half are situated in the Eastern Cape. The DA will be escalating the matter to the National Assembly to …

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DA gets answers on Day Zero safety

June 27th, 2022

The Democratic Alliance welcomes the fact that there are plans in place by SAPS to deal with any possible unrest or vandalism that might take place around Day Zero. As part of our campaign to ensure preparedness for Day Zero in Nelson Mandela Bay, I raised this issue by way of a question for an oral reply to MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, last week in the provincial legislature. See Reply IQP …

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Youth unemployment crisis: Four out of every five youth without a job

June 14th, 2022

The Eastern Cape is in the midst of a dire youth unemployment crisis, with four out of every five youth between the ages of 15 and 24 without work. The Democratic Alliance is demanding that Premier Oscar Mabuyane spell out, on Youth Day later this week, what it is that his government is doing to offer hope to the young people of this province. He needs to provide viable interventions …

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Eastern Cape crime spiralling out of control

June 3rd, 2022

The Eastern Cape SAPS is losing control of the spiralling violent crime in the province, with the highest murder rate per capita in the country at 15.7 murders per 100 000 people. The province also has the highest rape rate per capita with 27.6 rapes per 100 000 people. This carnage that is sweeping through our society is fuelling severe anxiety as more and more people are terrified by brutal …

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