Breytenbach's suspension upheld - NPA

2013-03-25 17:16

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Johannesburg - NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's suspension was both procedurally and substantively fair, the Public Service Bargaining Council has found.

This was confirmed on Monday by National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke.

"The bargaining council [found] that it was not flawed," she said.

"She [Breytenbach] remains suspended and now we wait for the outcome of the disciplinary hearing."

Breytenbach's attorney, Gerhard Wagenaar, said: "We have to consider whether to take the matter on review or appeal."

Wagenaar would not give further comment.

The arbitration hearing, at the Public Service Bargaining Council chambers in Centurion, was held in parallel with Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing at the NPA's headquarters in Silverton, east of Pretoria.

Breytenbach, who is head of the NPA's regional specialised commercial crime unit, was suspended last year, allegedly for failing to act impartially in her investigation of a dispute between Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) and Sishen/Kumba Iron Ore over mining rights in the Northern Cape.

An attorney for ICT, Ronald Mendelow, wrote a complaint to the then national director of public prosecutions Menzi Simelane.

Mendelow claimed Breytenbach was "too close" to criminal lawyer Mike Hellens - a situation which would compromise her independence.

Hellens was on a brief for ICT's rival, Kumba Iron Ore Limited.

Breytenbach's lawyer was not immediately available for comment.

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