The now former state prosecutor Gerrie Nel earned his pitbull status with four particular, and notorious, cases. After his resignation from the National Prosecuting Authority he joined AfriForum.
Clive Derby-Lewis and Janusz Walus
Nel was a junior prosecutor in Chris Hani’s murder trial in 1993. Derby-Lewis, an apartheid MP, and Janusz Walus, a Polish expat in South Africa, were charged for Hani’s assassination.
In 1999, Nel was the founding head of the Gauteng division of the now-defunct Scorpions unit – a position he held until its disbandment a decade later.
In 2011, Nel received a special achievement award from the International Association of Prosecutors – for his “fierce pursuit of the vision of the National Prosecuting Authority’s ideals to achieve justice in society”.