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Former prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Prominent state advocate Gerrie Nel is excited about the next chapter of his life.

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Nel was speaking at a press briefing in Centurion on Tuesday on his joining civil rights organisation Afriforum.

The top prosecutor Nel resigned from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Monday to head up a new private prosecutions unit at Afriforum from Wednesday.

“I made this decision at heart,” Nel said.

He said his main concern was making sure that everybody was seen as equal before the law and his unit would pursue this privately.

Nel added that Afriforum had never asked him about his political affiliation “so people should not question my integrity”.

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“I built my career on integrity and I won’t sell my integrity,” he said.

Nel said the private prosecutions unit would not only pursue with people with political office.

“We will not only go for high flyers, but people at local level.”

He said the public was more than welcome to bring a case to the unit.

Nel said the NPA team he left would do a fine job without him.

“I believe 100 percent in the team I left behind and the courts.”

Afriforum Ceo Kallie Kriel said: “We are tired of corruption hence we have started this unit.”

He said that corruption and other crimes affected the poor and the unit would serve the voiceless underdogs.

He said he had read some tweets that suggested Afriforum served Afrikaners and he was not ashamed of this.

Kriel said: “Every culture needs a voice, but Afriforum worked to change the lives of all people.”

“We hope this unit is the victim of its own success,” he said.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said on Tuesday that Nel had given the NPA 24-hour notice.

“We confirm that advocate Nel tendered his resignation on 30 January to advocate Sibongile Mzinyathi, the director of public prosecutions in Pretoria, citing the pursuit of other interests,” said Mfaku.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Twitter reacted with shock after the news of his resignation broke.

“We don’t have #GerrieNel anymore and we don’t have Thuli Madonsela anymore, so what must to can happen satafrika (sic)?” one tweet read.

Nel spent 35 years at the NPA.

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He is well known for prosecuting former paralympian Oscar Pistorius in 2014.

Nel was given the nickname “Bulldog” for his aggressive interrogation style.

He gained fame in 2010 when he prosecuted the late Jackie Selebi for corruption for which he earned the international prosecutors’ award in 2012.

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