Breytenbach labour court date set

2013-06-24 15:45

The Labour Court will hear prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s application to be restored to her old job as regional head of the specialised commercial crimes unit on July 2.

“This application is to interdict the [National Prosecuting Authority] from removing her from her position as regional head of the specialised crimes unit in Pretoria,” her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said today.

The application for the case to be heard was made today in the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

In April 2012, Breytenbach was suspended and later faced a lengthy disciplinary hearing on 15 charges, which included that she had failed to act impartially when investigating the Kumba/Iron Ore/Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights issue.

She had been accused of “improper relations” with Sishen’s lawyer Mike Hellens.

On May 27, an NPA disciplinary hearing found her not guilty on all the charges.

The following day, the NPA announced it would bring a court challenge against the disciplinary hearing’s ruling because it considered the findings “factually incorrect and legally unsustainable”.

Breytenbach had been allowed to return to work, but after her return she found the NPA intended sending her to a different office.

She has claimed her suspension is related to her opposition to a decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against former police crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

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