South African Groenewald is Fiji’s Police Chief
by: Elenoa Turagaiviu
The Fijian government has appointed South African Bernadus Groenewald to the position of Commissioner of the Fiji Police Force. A statement from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the decision to appoint Groenewald is line with the 2013 Constitution and in accordance with the appointment process by the Constitutional Offices Commission.
Groenewald has served extensively in South Africa’s Defence and Security forces. He served 42 years in the South African Police Service and retired in 2010 at the rank of Major-General.
He was also the commanding officer of the South African police academy.
As a senior police officer, he has also been responsible as the head of the security and safety of former Presidents of South Africa and has overseen the security detail at various global events.
Bainimarama has welcomed the appointment saying Groenewald’s background would add value to Fiji’s Police Force.
He says the Fijian Government is confident that Groenewald’s track record will strengthen the work undertaken by the Fiji Police Force”.
The new police commissioner will begin work on the 14th of May. –