Gerrie Nel. Picture: SUPPLIED
Gerrie Nel. Picture: SUPPLIED

Advocate Gerrie Nel‚ now working as a private prosecutor for lobby group Afriforum‚ is taking aim at a close associate of President Jacob Zuma.

In a short advisory on Wednesday‚ Nel and AfriForum announced that they would "make an announcement about the private prosecution of a very prominent person in President Jacob Zuma’s inner circle" on Thursday.

No further details were disclosed.

In October‚ Nel disclosed that‚ based on the leaked e-mails and information obtained from those with knowledge of a car accident involving Zuma’s son, Duduzane Zuma‚ including lawyers involved at the time‚ he would be pursuing a private prosecution against Duduzane.

Three years ago Duduzane Zuma crashed his Porsche into a taxi transporting Phumzile Dube on the M1 in Johannesburg. Despite recommendations from inquest magistrate Lalita Chetty that Zuma be prosecuted‚ the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) declined to do so.

Nel also announced earlier this year that he would assist a Johannesburg woman who accused Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe of assault.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane quietly granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity.

Gabriella Engels and her family are hoping Mugabe will still face the music — Nel and AfriForum are helping Engels with a legal application to set aside the diplomatic immunity order. If the review application is successful‚ it will allow the NPA to prosecute Mugabe. If the NPA refuses to prosecute‚ Afriforum’s private prosecuting unit‚ led by Nel‚ could prosecute her.

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