Breytenbach suspension: No proper reasons

2012-07-26 19:20
Glynnis Breytenbach (File, Beeld)

Glynnis Breytenbach (File, Beeld)

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Pretoria - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) did not give Glynnis Breytenbach adequate reasons for her suspension, her disciplinary hearing heard on Thursday.

After requests from her attorney Gerhard Wagenaar for specific allegations, acting NPA CEO Karen van Rensburg replied in a letter on 6 February: "The allegations... relate to the execution of her duties as senior deputy director: public prosecutor in the Kimberley case... the facts of which are within her personal knowledge."

Breytenbach's counsel Wim Trengove said there was no way in which anybody could rationally respond to these cryptic allegations.

Trengove was cross-examining Hercules Wasserman, acting senior manager of the NPA's integrity management unit, at the authority's offices in Silverton, Pretoria.

Wasserman admitted that the first time Breytenbach received some details of the allegations against her was on 18 April.

He also admitted Breytenbach was not told of the full case against her.

Acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba made the decision to suspend her on 23 April.

This was despite the fact that Wasserman had given Breytenbach until 25 April to respond to the allegations.

Breytenbach, who was officially suspended on 30 April, has pleaded not guilty to all charges against her.

The hearing continues.

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