Breytenbach cleared of all charges

2013-05-27 11:19
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Breytenbach cleared of all charges

Suspended NPA senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is not guilty on one of the 15 charges against her. See pictures from her extensive trial.

Johannesburg - Suspended NPA senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is not guilty on one of the 15 charges against her, her disciplinary hearing heard in Pretoria on Monday.

"There is not an iota of evidence that [Breytenbach] exerted influence on [director at Imperial Crown Trading Archie Luhlabo] indirectly through [Sishen's counsel Mike Hellens]," chairperson of the disciplinary hearing Selby Mbenenge SC said.

"I do not therefore see my way clear in finding the employee guilty of misconduct on count one," he said.

In handing down his findings Mbenenge was reading only parts of the 63-page document.

A core charge against the anti-graft prosecutor includes failing to act impartially when investigating the Kumba Iron Ore/Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights issue, because of her "improper relations" with Hellens.

Other charges include "surreptitiously leaking" National Prosecuting Authority inside information to Beeld journalist Sonja Carstens, and giving her official NPA laptop to her lawyer. The NPA has also charged Breytenbach for "maligning" the organisation in the media.

Breytenbach was suspended from the NPA on April 30, 2012. She has claimed acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba suspended her to stop her from prosecuting former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli on fraud and other charges.

In March a parallel arbitration hearing at the Public Service Bargaining Council, in Centurion, found Breytenbach's suspension was both procedurally and substantively fair.

Her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said taking the arbitration hearing decision on review or appeal was still being considered


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