One of the leading prosecutors for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Advocate Gerrie Nel, announced he was leaving to head AfriForum's private prosecution unit at 24 hours' notice on Tuesday.
Eusebius McKaiser interviews Nel about AfriForum's newly established unit and his motive for leaving the state for private prosecutions....
What's wrong with the NPA?
I don't know if there is anything wrong with it, and I don't know what is wrong with it if you say there is anything wrong with it. I have just been offered an opportunity to set up a structure or office to ensure that everyone is equal before the law.— Adv Gerrie Nel
I want your frank view of the overall state of the NPA? Would you agree with me that the head of NPA Shaun Abrahams is not someone you have faith in and that politicisation of the NPA must have been a big factor that weighed on you?
If you are saying that I don't faith on the head of the Prosecution Authority, that's not true. I have not engaged with the head of NPA. I have not been involved in the management of NPA at all.— Adv Gerrie Nel
The answer to that is easy, they approached me. They are an organisation that said 'we're willing to put our resources towards creating this, we think it's important'. Lot of people are asking lot of questions, but nobody approached me and came up with this concept. More so, when I was offered this opportunity, there was no condition.— Adv Gerrie Nel
I want to make it clear, there was no indication even of what kind of cases or specific cases I should take.— Adv Gerrie Nel
Majority cases pursued by AfriForum suggest that it is a lobby group for white Afrikaans interests.... What do you say about cases they have pursued so far?
I'm saying to you the pattern of cases has no impact on what my brief is. I have received a brief with a clean slate. My integrity is not for sale. With that comes the challenge, for people to scrutinise every move I make from now on and criticise me if I'm not the same Gerrie Nel and have a different agenda.— Adv Gerrie Nel
Would you like to get your teeth sunk into the Zuma question if I as a citizen come to AfriForum?
We would take up any case. It doesn't matter who the person is. Let's see what will cross our desk.— Advocate Gerrie Nel
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