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”


Government must accept private partnerships if we are to break unemployment cycle

November 29th, 2022

The DA welcomes the marginal decrease in the unemployment rate for the third quarter. However, when one looks at the expanded unemployment rate, more than half of the province’s labour force is still unemployed. There is a long way to go to break the unemployment cycle. The only way we will turn the unemployment crisis around is if the ANC changes its hostile stance towards business and accepts that they …

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Tsunami of violent crime sweeps across Eastern Cape

November 23rd, 2022

A tsunami of violent crime continues to sweep through the Eastern Cape, fuelled by a culture of lawlessness which sees people brutally murdered, buildings hijacked, long-distance buses attacked and taxi warfare. The second quarter crime statistics, released today, once again reinforce the province’s reputation as the killing field of South Africa. In the three months under review, 1 303 people were murdered across the province, a 31,3% increase compared to …

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Over 100 000 dropped calls to East London 10111 in three years

November 8th, 2022

Over the past three years, more than 100 000 calls from people in East London seeking assistance from the police in a time of crisis never got answered. Even more damning is that the call centre has been without a reliable uninterrupted power supply since 2019! Individuals who are facing terror and danger from criminals in a time of crisis cannot be thrown to the wolves in this fashion. The …

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New vandalism task team making inroads, but long way to go

October 27th, 2022

The DA welcomes the inroads made by the new Eastern Cape SAPS task team established to combat vandalism in Nelson Mandela Bay. However, there is still a long way to go before the onslaught on public infrastructure is brought under control. Residents are beyond fed up with having to deal with constant traffic delays, dark streets, no water in their taps and no power in their homes because of rampant …

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Nelson Mandela Bay 10111 in crisis

October 24th, 2022

Severe staff shortages, absenteeism, loadshedding and damaged infrastructure have crippled Nelson Mandela Bay’s 10111 emergency call centre, leaving residents unable to get help in their time of crisis. The failure to answer calls is potentially life-threatening to people in danger from the criminal onslaught. Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay have been thrown to the wolves, with no recourse to help from SAPS. In response to an oral question during a …

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