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”


Massive decline in Police Reservists in EC

May 16th, 2022
Bobby Stevenson

There has been a massive decline in the number of police reservists, with figures dropping by a staggering 75% over the past six years, resulting in significant setbacks to safety in the province. There are thousands of potential volunteers out there! Let’s harness the energy of the whole of society working together to restore trust in SAPS and plug the safety vacuum. The drastic declines were revealed in several responses …

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Huge vandalism spike in EC Metros

May 9th, 2022

There has been a huge spike in vandalism cases of essential infrastructure in both the Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City metros over the past financial year, placing significant strain on service delivery to residents. In Nelson Mandela Bay, reported cases more than doubled, rising from 143 cases in the 2020/2021 financial year to 292 reported cases in 2021/2022 financial year. For the same period under review, in Buffalo City, …

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Dramatic spike in kidnappings across Eastern Cape

April 13th, 2022

There has been a dramatic spike in kidnappings across the Eastern Cape, with cases rising over 20% year on year. In light of this, I am appealing to the public to be extremely vigilant when it comes to their and others’ personal safety and am calling on SAPS to increase visible patrols in hotspot areas. In the ten months between April 2021 and January 2022, there were 514 cases of …

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Eastern Cape still suffering Covid-19 pandemic jobs hangover

March 29th, 2022

The unemployment figures released today show the Eastern Cape is still suffering from a Covid-19 pandemic jobs hangover because the recovery for the province is far too slow. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey statistics, covering the period from October to December 2021, have revealed that the Eastern Cape’s unemployment dropped slightly from 47.4% to 45%, The expanded unemployment rate has also dropped slightly, from 54.5% to 53.2%. While we welcome …

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Beachfront crime spikes as Humewood Police Station severely understaffed

March 23rd, 2022

There has been a dramatic spike in beachfront crime within the Humewood policing precinct, in Nelson Mandela Bay, which could in part be attributed to the appalling vacancies at the Humewood Police Station. The shortage of manpower allocated to the station needs to be resolved urgently. In response to a parliamentary question I submitted in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Community Safety MEC, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, revealed that the Humewood police …

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