JOHANNESBURG – The NPA has confirmed its top prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who oversaw the convictions of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and police chief Jackie Selebi, has quit.
The prosecuting authority says Nel handed in his resignation.
Nel is one of the most high profile and successful prosecutors in the country.
He led Operation Bad Guys, the investigation and prosecution of Selebi and the murder of mining tycoon Brett Kebble.
Nicknamed "The Bulldog", Nel achieved international status when he successfully prosecuted Pistorius.
Despite his high profile successes as a prosecutor, Nel has long been sidelined at the NPA.
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.
BREAKING Top prosecutor Gerrie Nel has resigned to join Afriforum to set up a private prosecutions unit.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 31, 2017
#GerrieNel Afriforum is yet to confirm the move but EWN understood Nel will pursue private cases that the NPA does not prosecute.— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) January 31, 2017
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)