Breytenbach to be redeployed – report

2013-06-14 09:06

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has been informed that she will be redeployed.

Her lawyer, Gerhard Wagenaar, told SABC radio news today that she had been informed of this last night.

“What I can tell you is that we have received a letter just before 7pm (last night) indicating that Ms Breytenbach will be redeployed to the office of the director of public prosecutions in Pretoria and not to the SCU (Specialised Crime Unit) any more,” said Wagenaar.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) yesterday confirmed that it had filed an application for the Labour Court to review the outcome of a disciplinary hearing which cleared Breytenbach of all charges against her.

On May 27, Breytenbach was found not guilty on 15 counts by a disciplinary hearing, which sat at the NPA’s head office in Pretoria.

One of the charges was that she failed to act impartially when investigating the Kumba Iron Ore/Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights dispute, because of “improper relations” with Sishen’s lawyer Mike Hellens.

After the findings were made known, the NPA said it found them “factually incorrect and legally unsustainable” and would approach the court for a review.

On Wednesday, the NPA’s executive manager for communications Bulelwa Makeke, said in response to a question, that Breytenbach was at work but that the NPA would not discuss work matters in the media.

Eyewitness News reported yesterday that Breytenbach had not worked at all this week.

Asked to clarify, NPA spokesperson Nomilo Mpondo said the NPA told Breytenbach she could come back to work on Monday. The NPA reiterated that it would not discuss her daily movements with the media.

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