Breytenbach to know her fate tomorrow

2013-05-26 10:00

Just more than a year after she was ­suspended, senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach will know tomorrow if she is guilty of misconduct charges levelled against her by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Breytenbach, who has maintained she was suspended in an underhanded attempt to protect suspended crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli, was suspended by the NPA in April last year.

Her suspension related to her handling of an acrimonious mining-rights dispute between Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) and Kumba Iron Ore. A complaint lodged against Breytenbach by ICT’s attorney, Ronnie Mendelow, alleged she allowed her friendship with Advocate Mike

Hellens, who represented Kumba, to improperly influence her conduct in the case.

A second series of complaints against Breytenbach relates to the fact that she refused to hand over her NPA laptop on the advice of her attorney when demanded to do so. She has also been charged with speaking to the media.

Advocate Wim Trengove, who represented Breytenbach at her disciplinary hearing, has accused the NPA of “trawling” through Breytenbach’s email in an effort to find evidence against her. Trengove has argued that Breytenbach had always maintained her prosecutorial independence.

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