Glynnis Breytenbach ‘devastated’, application for leave to appeal on cards

2013-07-19 10:31

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It took less than five minutes for the dismissal of Glynnis Breytenbach’s application at the Labour Court in Johannesburg this morning.

Breytenbach approached the court two weeks ago to be reinstated in her job.

The application was aimed at preventing the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) from removing her from her position as regional head of the specialised crimes unit in Pretoria.

Gerhard Wagenaar, Breytenbach’s lawyer, said that they had not studied the judgment yet but at this stage they intended to bring an application for leave to appeal.

“I haven’t spoken to her (Glynnis) about the judgment, but she is obviously devastated,” said Wagenaar.

Though the lawyers have not studied the judgment, Wagenaar said that it appeared that the court was of the view that “this court (the Labour Court) does not have jurisdiction to entertain the application”.

The judgment states that the bargaining council is the appropriate forum for the dispute to be heard.

According to Breytenbach’s lawyer, she will be going back to her current position in the director of public prosecutions’ office.

“The status quo will stay in place that she remains at the DDP’s office.”

The NPA was not present in court today.

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