Relentless NPA to bring on new charges as advocate Breytenbach reports for work

2013-06-10 00:00

THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is investigating new charges against advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, barely a week after she was acquitted on 15 charges in a disciplinary hearing.

The new charges reportedly stem from allegations made against her as the head of the specialised commercial crimes unit in Gauteng since she was suspended in April last year, pending an investigation of alleged misconduct.

Meanwhile, the NPA has not yet submitted papers to the labour court to ask for advocate Selby Mbenenge’s 63-page verdict to be reviewed, but is still planning to do so.

Gerhard Wagenaar, legal representative for Breytenbach, did not deny that new charges are being investigated against her, but did not want to comment on the issue. Breytenbach referred queries to Wagenaar.

Bulelwa Makeke, the NPA’s head of communications, did not react to repeated questions.

Breytenbach will still report for work today. Advocate Marshall Mokgatlhe, who has in the past year been the acting head of the unit, vacated Breytenbach’s office over the weekend after the NPA decided to lift Breytenbach’s suspension.

Breytenbach will meet today with advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, acting head of the NPA, to establish progress in her investigations while she was suspended.

She had no contact with other prosecutors during her suspension.

Wagenaar did not want to expand on whether Breytenbach will continue with a claim of damages against the NPA after disciplinary commissioner Mbenenge found “not one iota” of evidence to support the 15 charges against her.

Breytenbach stated in an affidavit that the NPA had isolated her from her friends and colleagues of the past 26 years, demotivated her and damaged her reputation.

She had not yet abandoned this application in the labour court.

Breytenbach had earlier said in an affidavit that the NPA had prevented her from prosecuting a politically sensitive case by suspending her.

She was suspended three days after she asked Jiba in a memorandum to review a decision by advocate Lawrence Mrwebi, her direct head, not to prosecute the former police crime intelligence head Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli for fraud.

Mrwebi is currently on leave.

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