Glynnis Breytenbach quits NPA to join the DA

2014-01-26 10:00

Top prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has dumped the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for a career as a DA politician.

City Press has reliably established that Breytenbach met with NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana this week before handing in her official letter of resignation on Friday.

Two independent sources have verified that Breytenbach is one of the seven “confidential candidates” on the DA’s list of candidates for general election.

Both Breytenbach and her lawyer, Gerhard Wagenaar, declined to comment.

This brings to a close the no-nonsense prosecutor’s 26-year career – which included an investigation into South Africa’ largest Ponzi scheme involving businessman Barry Tannenbaum.

Breytenbach was thrust into the media spotlight two years ago when she began an epic battle to be returned to her post as head of the NPA’s Special Commercialised Crimes Unit in Pretoria.

Breytenbach has consistently maintained that she was suspended from her job to protect suspended police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli from prosecution.

She was cleared of all 14 disciplinary charges against her last year, but the NPA promptly took this finding on review.

The NPA said it could not comment on the matter.

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