Pieter van der Westhuizen

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Pieter Willem van der Westhuizen

Born24 December 1937
Colesberg, Northern Cape
Allegiance South Africa
 South Africa
Service/branchSouth African Army
Years of service1959-1985
RankLieutenant General
Commands held
  • Chief of Staff Intelligence
  • OC N Tvl Command
Other workAmbassador to Chile

Pieter van der Westhuizen (born 24 December 1937)[1] was a South African Army officer who served as the Chief of Staff Intelligence from 1978 - 1985 and later Secretary of the State Security Council.


He joined the South African Army as Lieutenant in 1959 and would later serve as a troop commander at the 1 Special Service Battalion and later as company commander at 2 South African Infantry Battalion.[2] In 1964 he was appointed to the Infantry School as an instructor.[2] By 1968, he was appointed as a staff officer at the Directorate of Military Intelligence.[2] He completed the French Command & Staff Course in the sixties and was appointed the Commandant Army College in 1974.[2]

He commanded Northern Transvaal Command before becoming a Director of Collection at Directorate Military Intelligence in 1976.[2] He was appointed Chief of Staff Intelligence in June 1978.[1] He held that position until 1985 before becoming the Secretary of the State Security Council until 1988.[3]:Chp2

Awards and Decorations[edit]


  1. ^ a b Uys, Ian (1992). South African Military Who's Who 1452-1992. Fortress Publishers. ISBN 0-9583173-3-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e Nöthling, C.J.; Meyers, E.M. (1982). "Leaders through the years (1912-1982)". Scientaria Militaria. 12 (2): 93.
  3. ^ O'Brien, Kevin A. (2011). The South African Intelligence Services: From Apartheid to Democracy, 1948-2005. Studies in Intelligence Series. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-203-84061-0.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michal Muller
Ambassador to Chile
1988 – 1990
Succeeded by
Leon Malan Brand
Government offices
Preceded by
Andre van Deventer
Secretary of the State Security Council
1985 – 1988
Succeeded by
Charles Lloyd
Military offices
Preceded by
Acting from 1978 - 1980
Chief of Staff Intelligence
1981 – 1985
Succeeded by
Andries Putter
Preceded by
Phil Pretorius
OC Northern Transvaal
1975 – 1976
Succeeded by
Boytjie Viviers