South African Police Service
Jacob Sello Selebi (Jackie) - a man who has had a
distinguished career as a diplomat and who is highly regarded in
South Africa and abroad, was appointed the new National
Commissioner of the South African Police service on 1 January
Selebi previously served as the Foreign Affairs
Director-General after representing South Africa at the United
Nations for three years.
Jackie Selebi was appointed by President Thabo Mbeki, as
successor to National Commissioner George Fivaz whose term of
office expired at the end of January 2000. Selebi took over
command of the SAPS from Fivaz at a handing over parade during
January 2000 (click
here to see his inauguration speech).
Under Selebi's guidance, a strategic plan was devised
according to which an integrated and focused approach was
adopted with crime combating as the main focus. The strategic
plan further aligned the management and support functions in
support of the operational strategy and core functions of the
SAPS. This plan is currently being implemented with great
success and a visible impact on certain serious, violent and
organized crimes in South Africa.
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