Ngcuka, Msphe: Give Gerrie benefit of doubt

2017-02-01 17:22
Gerrie Nel.

Gerrie Nel.

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Adv Gerrie Nel’s move from the National Prosecuting Authority to AfriForum’s private prosecutions unit has been met with mixed reactions. Here’s what some of his peers had to say:

On what it means for the NPA:

Adv Bulelani Ngcuka, former Director of Public Prosecutions: Gerrie is one of the best and I worked with him for many years. I had the privilege to promote him in our Johannesburg office where I put him in charge of a new project we started at the time to deal with car hijackings in Gauteng. He did this exceptionally well and was later promoted to head of the Scorpions in Gauteng. People don’t know this, but he was one of the prosecutors who prosecuted Chris Hani’s killers. This is a boy who is well grounded, well groomed and very capable. It is a big loss to the NPA. It will take them years to replace someone of his experience and talents.

Adv Mokotedi Mpshe, former DPP: Gerrie’s resignation is an unparalleled loss for the NPA. We have lost one of the best, if not the greatest prosecutors of the NPA. But we can’t stop him if he wants to move on, even though his choice is crippling the NPA.

Adv Willie Hofmeyr, Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions: There are really very few people in the NPA as good as Gerrie with the big cases, especially where there's pressure to make the case go away. In that sense he will be missed. The Jackie Selebi case immediately comes to mind, where he was under immense political pressure. Of course Vusi Pikoli must also get credit for that case, but after he was suspended Gerrie and his team did very well. Gerrie did very well working with teams, another one of his assets. 

On teaming up with AfriForum:

Ngcuka: I don’t know what he has in mind going to AfriForum but I don’t want to judge him on his decision before I’ve spoken to him about it. I know Gerrie quite well and I would like to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Mpshe: I was astounded that he went to AfriForum to form a private prosecutions unit. He would have known that this could not be done without it becoming about politics and is an indictment of the NPA. What saddens me is that if it is an indictment of the NPA, why not rather assist them in building it up to where it once was. Now he will still pursue justice, but on a very limited scale. Anyone who wants to institute a private prosecution needs the consent of the NPA and need to apply for a certificate. So he won’t be as active anymore.

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