News24 editor Adriaan Basson has written a column criticising Gerrie Nel for making the move from the NPA to Afriforum.
I just think it is incredibly sad for the State to lose a prosecutor of the calibre of Gerrie Nel - thirty-five years experience doesn't come cheap - to an organisation that is not exactly a shining light of what the majority of South Africans want this country to be.— Adriaan Basson, Editor News24
He says there is nothing wrong with the existence of a group like Afriforum in terms of the Constitution
The focus should be on what is wrong in the NPA that causes a man like Nel to resign, says Basson.
The Gerrie Nel I know would not have done this ten years ago, or even five years ago, when he was standing in court doing what he loved most. But the NPA has just become unbearable for good prosecutors..— Adriaan Basson, Editor News24
Basson believes Nel will find it challenging fighting corruption cases under the Afriforum umbrella with Afriforum's money and still be able to work in the best interests of all South Africans.
Afriform CEO Kallie Kriel responds to the criticism. He says he has tried numerous times to show Basson examples of work the organisation has done for black citizens but says Basson refused.
He acknowledges that Afriforum does focus on Afrikaaner concerns.
Advocate Nel is a person of integrity that won't allow himself to be influenced in the first place.— Kallie Kriel, CEO Afriforum
But what the people that fund us want, is a society where people are held accountable for corruption. And that is not just the people that find us, but I think the vast majority of South Africans would want that to happen.— Kallie Kriel, CEO Afriforum
We would only prosecute in a situation where there is a good case, and where the NPA will not prosecute, and we will prosecute without fear or favour or prejudice - and without taking note if it is a black or a white person. We are against corruption and those guilty of that should be held accountable regardless of race.— Kallie Kriel, CEO Afriforum
Kriel denies charges that Afriforum is creating some kind of parallel state.
The NPA has, of course, got the first bite of the cherry. We can never replace the National prosecuting Authority...it is only when they make a decision not to prosecute that we can show there are sufficient grounds to prosecute that we will do so. We will be the prosecuting authority of second instance and will not replace it.— Kallie Kriel, CEO Afriforum
Kriel says they hope to be 'a victim of our own success' and in a few years time will no longer need to exist at all. He hopes Afriforum's watchdog role will bring about the change needed and the NPA will prosecute instead.
He insists they will take cases on merit and not because of any political view.
But nobody should be above the law.— Kallie Kriel, CEO Afriforum
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