Gerrie Nel quits NPA to join AfriForum

The NPA has confirmed that prosecutor Gerrie Nel has resigned.

FILE: State prosecutor Gerrie Nel. Picture: Pool.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that top prosecutor Gerrie Nel has resigned from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to join AfriForum to set up a private prosecutions unit.

The NPA has confirmed that Nel has resigned.

Nel oversaw the convictions of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and former police chief Jackie Selebi.

Today is Nel’s last day at the NPA after he handed in his resignation on Monday, giving his employers 24 hours’ notice.

He will be joining lobby group AfriForum where he will start a private prosecutions unit. AfriForum is yet to confirm this.

Nel is one of the most high profile and successful prosecutors in the country.

Nicknamed "The Bulldog", he led Operation Bad Guys - the investigation and prosecution of Selebi - and achieved international status when he successfully prosecuted Pistorius.

Despite his high profile successes as a prosecutor, Nel has long been sidelined at the NPA. He's known to not see eye to eye with NDPP Shaun Abrahams.

He’s also been investigated by the Hawks for his alleged role in signing off R1.5 million in spy equipment planted at the NPA’s offices as part of the so-called Sars rogue unit investigation.

In 2008, he was arrested on trumped-up charges. He also had a major disagreement with suspended deputy NDPP Nomgcobo Jiba, who blamed him for jailing her husband.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)