Breytenbach files appeal

2014-01-22 16:39
Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Beeld)

Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Lawyers for embattled NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach have filed a record on appeal in the Labour Appeal Court over her internal transfer.

"It was filed yesterday [Tuesday], and [it's] just a bunch of papers really," lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said.

In April 2012, Breytenbach was suspended and later faced a lengthy disciplinary hearing on 15 charges, including that she had not acted impartially when investigating a mining rights dispute involving Kumba Iron Ore and Kumba's Sishen mine in the Northern Cape.

She was also accused of "improper relations" with Sishen's lawyer, Mike Hellens.

On 27 May, a NPA disciplinary hearing cleared her of all charges.

The following day, the NPA announced it would bring a court challenge against the ruling because it considered the findings "factually incorrect and legally unsustainable".

Breytenbach was allowed to return to work, but after her return she found the NPA intended sending her to a different office.

She claimed that her suspension was related to her opposition to a decision to withdraw fraud and corruption charges against former police crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli.

In the Labour Court, Breytenbach had applied unsuccessfully to have her transfer overturned.

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