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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Despite the overall decline in crime incidents, which can be attributed to the strict lockdown measures that were put in place, there are still areas that bucked the trend the Eastern Cape. This was revealed in the first quarter police crime statistics, which were unpacked by MEC of Safety and Security, Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, today. The DA welcomes the long overdue quarterly release of statistics, as this will play an important …


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Bobby Stevenson

The following speech was delivered by Bobby Stevenson, MPL in support of a motion tabled in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, on 23 July 2020. The global pandemic that we are currently undergoing has issued in a new approach to the delivery of services, not only in South Africa but also throughout the world. It is no longer government as usual but rather the COVID-19 ushering in, what one would …


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The number of farm attacks in the Eastern Cape have risen three-fold over the past four years, highlighting the brutal assault that continues to take place on Eastern Cape farmers. These attacks are a warning flag of the increasing violent crime in rural communities in the Eastern Cape, and once again highlights the urgent need for a Rural Safety Summit that can address the issue. The latest statistics, provided by …


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The Eastern Cape urgently needs to host a rural safety summit, to develop measures to curb farm murders in the rural areas and address the rampant stock theft taking place, along with the high rate of crime in these communities. It is therefore encouraging that the MEC for Safety and Liaison, MEC Weziwe Tikana-Gxothiwe, has indicated her support for a rural safety summit, as well support for farm murders to …


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Eastern Cape farmers are being bled dry by brazen stock thieves. While other crimes might have declined during the government’s lockdown in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a massive surge in stock theft across the province. This is dealing a crippling blow to the already struggling agricultural sector. In response to a parliamentary question, MEC Weziwe Tikana Gqothiwe, revealed that, from 27 March until 22 June, 5 …


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