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:

  • Leader 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


Only eight of the 39 municipalities in the Eastern Cape have permanent Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) who meet the minimum requirements for their posts. Unqualified Chief Financial Officers not only result in qualified audits but open the flood gates for corruption! In a response to a parliamentary question, Finance MEC Oscar Mabuyane said 25 CFOs had not met the minimum competency as at July 2018. It is no wonder local …


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On Thursday last week, I moved a motion in the Provincial Legislature on the latest Eastern Cape crime statistics. The motion directs that the Provincial Commissioner should annually brief the Legislature on the yearly crime statistics. SEE: Honourable Stevenson – Motion relating to annual crime stats This practice has successfully been adopted in the Western Cape.  In September I attended a sitting of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature, where the …


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The Democratic Alliance welcomes the fact that the SAPS have committed to put better controls in place to ensure incorrect information is not provided to the provincial legislature, after incorrect data was given to me on rape and DNA kits in the province. According to a response, an instruction has been issued that the deputy provincial commissioners have to peruse and verify information submitted. We are however still concerned by …


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Thousands of women in the Eastern Cape who are raped could be denied justice because the South African Police Service do not have a single rape kit on hand. In a province with 19 reported rapes a day, this is a shocking betrayal of the rights of women. This will cause the already low conviction rate in rape cases to plummet further. It is beyond belief that rapists could be …


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Bethelsdorp and Kwazakhele ranked among 30 most dangerous places in country described as ‘a war zone’ Two of the country’s most deadly policing precincts are in Port Elizabeth. The areas – Bethelsdorp and Kwazakhele – are ranked among the top 30 most dangerous in SA, while Gelvandale tops the national list in terms of attempted murders. Startling figures for Nelson Mandela Bay show rampant violent crime – two people murdered, …


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