Top prosecutor Gerrie Nel has given an official letter of his resignation to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA).
The NPA confirmed this on Tuesday saying the top prosecutor who oversaw the convictions of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and police chief Jackie Selebi, resigned citing “other interests” outside NPA as basis for his decision.
Nel’s sudden resignation came as a big shock to South Africans as questions about the motive behind his resignation mount rapidly across the nation.
While most South Africans who receive the news about his resignation believe there’s more to it than meets the eyes, others believe he resigned because the NPA “has become a mockery of our justice system”. More revelations to come soon.
Commenting further on Nel’s reputation‚ Nicca said: “Gerrie Nel gave us hope that there is justice in Satafrika after all”, while Zulu Royal commented: “Prosecutor Gerrie Nel quits. What a loss. The NPA is going to the dogs”.
Gerrie Nel is one of the most high ranking and successful prosecutors in the country. Nicknamed “The Bulldog”, Nel has led Operation Bad Guys, the investigation and prosecution of Selebi and the murder of mining tycoon Brett Kebble.
He has also achieved international status when he successfully prosecuted Pistorius. But, despite his high-profile successes as a prosecutor, Nel has long been sidelined at the NPA.
“The NPA wishes Nel well in his future endeavours. We have other highly capable prosecutors who will take over his current cases.
“In the cases that Nel is working on‚ he has a team of prosecutors who will help to carry on with these cases as they have intrinsic knowledge of these cases,” says the NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku who confirmed that Nel had handed his resignation to his boss‚ advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi‚ the director of public prosecutions in Pretoria.
While South Africans try to absorb the shock created by Nel’s sudden resignation, NPA’s deputy national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, and special director of public prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi’s have been granted leave to appeal a court decision which saw them struck off the roll of advocates last year and subsequently placed on special leave.
In September, last year, Judge Francis Legodi ruled in favour of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa, saying Jiba and Mrwebi were “not fit and proper” to be advocates.
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“If it is established that there are compelling reasons to do so [grant leave of appeal], this court has discretion to grant leave to appeal on the merits, even if this court is of the view that there are no prospects of success,” said Judge Hughes who pointed out that it was the interest of the public and the Constitution for the leave to appeal to be granted, because Jiba and Mwrebi occupy positions that are in public service and that are regulated, in part, by the Constitution.