Breytenbach seeks reasons for suspension

2012-05-03 22:27
Johannesburg - Suspended National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has asked for reasons for her suspension, her lawyer said on Thursday.

"We have asked them to supply reasons," said Gerhaard Wagenaar.

Breytenbach was suspended on Monday for conduct relating to cases allocated to her, according to the NPA.

Wagenaar said Breytenbach was "all right" following shots being fired at her car, and an attempt to push her off the road.

On Tuesday, it was reported that Breytenbach, who is regional head of the Gauteng NPA's specialised commercial crime unit, was shot at on April 11 near an offramp on the N14.

On April 25, two BMW motorbike riders reportedly tried to force her off the road while she was on her way to a gym in Centurion.

No link to Mdluli

According to reports, Breytenbach was responsible for, among other cases, the fraud case against crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, but the NPA has denied any link between her suspension and Mdluli.

Wagenaar said he could confirm that she had written to acting NPA chief Nomgcobo Jiba to ask that he review the NPA's decision to not prosecute Mdluli.

He said he did not know the origin of a news report that Breytenbach would not hesitate to take the decision to court if a review was not granted.

The City Press reported in March that the allegations against Mdluli included defrauding crime intelligence to buy two new BMWs for him and his wife, appointing several family members as secret agents, and the unauthorised use of safe houses for his personal benefit.

Last week, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said she would hold off on probing allegations of abuse of state funds against Mdluli, as the matter was being looked at by the inspector general of intelligence.

Mdluli is also involved in an inquest into the murder of his former lover's husband Oupa Ramogibe.

Spokespeople for the Hawks and the NPA were not immediately available to comment on whether progress had been made in finding out who had tried to shoot Breytenbach and force her off the road.
- SAPA
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