GENERAL JOHN GEORGE FIVAZ
General John George Fivaz joined the South-African Police in 1964 and underwent his basic police training at the Pretoria Police College. His duties over the span of his career include: patrolling, charge office duties, attending to complaints, crime detection, management, work study and police administration. He also commanded various units such as the detective branch in Harrington Street, Cape Town, the South-African Narcotics Bureau (SANAB) branch in Bloemfontein and Efficiency Services at Head Office, Pretoria. At the end of 1976 General Fivaz settled in Pretoria and became a member of the National Inspectorate of the South African Police. He was responsible for restructuring, decentralisation of authority and strategic planning.
In 1995, he was appointed National Commissioner of the South African Police Service by President Nelson Mandela. During this time, he faced the challenge of amalgamating the eleven police agencies of the past into one South African Police Service. He also had to manage the adoption of a new community policing initiative. He was also responsible for transforming the police service into an effective and democratic policing agency for South Africa. Furthermore, he also played a constructive role in the formation of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Coordinating Organisation (SARPCCO) in order to enhance co-operation between policing agencies in the Southern African region.
His academic qualifications include a BAdmin degree, which he obtained from the University of the Orange Free State in 1976. Apart from that he is also fully qualified as a work-study officer and police administrator.
Key Current and Former Positions
- National Commissioner of the South African Police Service
- George Fivaz retired in January 2000.
Areas of Expertise