Breytenbach hits back

2012-07-28 17:23

A visibly irritated Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach left the NPA’s Victoria and Griffiths Mxenge building in a huff on Tuesday, having listened to how she allegedly flouted prosecuting policy.

The headlines the next morning read: NPA’s guns blaze.

But it was shortly before lunchtime on Wednesday that a shrewd grin began to creep over Breytenbach’s face.

Prosecutor William Mokhari, seated at a table facing Breytenbach’s, had led evidence from investigator Hercules Wasserman and had just suggested breaking for lunch.

But Breytenbach’s team were about to unleash their own arsenal.

“I have just a few questions for this witness before then,” said Advocate Wim Trengove quietly.

What followed was a barrage of questions about “reckless and misleading” statements, a “hatchet job to nail Glynnis Breytenbach” and what was “at best a distortion of the truth”.

Trengove slammed allegations that Breytenbach had unlawfully deleted evidence from her laptop.

“Yesterday you made the statement that Advocate Breytenbach had unlawfully deleted evidence from her laptop, which is all over the media today. That is a highly incriminating statement for you to make.”

Wasserman responded that it was “based on a report”.

Trengove: “Did you care to make sure such a statement was true? I put it to you that was a reckless and misleading statement, that you had no idea what was deleted from her computer.”

Wasserman: “The report indicated that 508 files were deleted.”

Trengove: “But you have no idea what was in the files that were deleted?”

Wasserman: “No, because the deleted files were shredded.”

Trengove: “So if I told you those files had nothing to do with any issue in this inquiry you could not dispute it?”

Wasserman: “I have no idea, because the files are not retrievable.”

Trengove: “Mr Wasserman, can’t you give a straight answer? You had no idea what was in those files?”

Wasserman: “No.”

This was just the start of the relentless questioning that Wasserman endured over the next three days.

As it progressed, Breytenbach’s smile broadened, almost as sweet as the packets of candy in front of her.

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