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Gerhard C Nel

Also Known As: "Gerrie Nel; "Bulldog""
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Occupation: South African advocate and prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.
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About Gerrie Nel

Gerhard C "Gerrie" Nel

Gerrie Nel is a South African advocate and prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa.He is nicknamed "Bulldog" for his tenacity in the courtroom, and is regularly assigned to difficult and high-profile cases.

Nel started working as a prosecutor in 1984.He was a junior prosecutor in the trial of Clive Derby-Lewis and Janusz Waluś, who were both convicted in connection with the assassination of anti-apartheid activist Chris Hani in 1993. He was the Gauteng Regional Head of the NPA's Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) business unit from its inception in 1999 until it was disbanded in 2009.

Nel led the prosecution in the trial of former national police commissioner and Interpol president Jackie Selebi, who was convicted of corruption in 2010. In 2012 he received two awards in recognition of his work on the Selebi case. He was named Prosecutor of the Year by the local Society of State Advocates and received a Special Achievement Award from the International Association of Prosecutors for "fierce pursuit of the vision of the National Prosecuting Authority's ideals to achieve justice in society".

Nel is the lead prosecutor in the trial of Oscar Pistorius for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp and several gun-related charges, which commenced in the High Court in Pretoria on 3 March 2014.


Gerrie Nel is a South African State Prosecutor and Advocate for The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. He has served as a former head of the Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions, in Gauteng. Nel successfully prosecuted former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, who was found guilty of corruption and handed a 15-year prison sentence.

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