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NPA Top Prosecutor Gerrie Nel has resgined

Gerhard C. “Gerrie” Nel is a South African advocate and prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa. He is nicknamed “Bulldog” for his tenacity in the courtroom, and is regularly assigned to difficult and high-profile cases.

News24 has revealed that career state advocate Gerrie Nel has given the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) 24 hours’ notice of his resignation after 35 years’ service, five years away from retirement.

Nel led the Scorpions’ Operation Bad Guys investigation into Selebi and the late mining magnate Brett Kebble. He received an international prosecutors’ award for his successful prosecution of Selebi, who also headed Interpol, on charges of corruption.

Nel led the prosecution in the trial of former national police commissioner and Interpol president Jackie Selebi, who was convicted of corruption in 2010. In 2012 he received two awards in recognition of his work on the Selebi case.

He was named Prosecutor of the Year by the local Society of State Advocates and received a Special Achievement Award from the International Association of Prosecutors for “fierce pursuit of the vision of the National Prosecuting Authority’s ideals to achieve justice in society”.

Nel was the lead prosecutor in the 2014 trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and several gun-related charges.

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