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Mdluli prosecutor shot at

2012-04-30 18:33

Johannesburg - Suspended anti-corruption prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was shot at three weeks ago while driving home.

Breytenbach, who prosecuted crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli until the case was withdrawn by her superiors in December, was suspended by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) this morning.

She told City Press she is convinced the shooting was related to her work.

"I have been followed for some time. It happened late in the evening of April 11 on the N14 while I was driving home. Two shots were fired, but both missed."

Breytenbach said she was still being followed. She reported the shooting to the Hawks.

Force her off the road

Last Wednesday morning two BMW motorcycles tried to force her off the road while she was driving home from the gym.

"A metro police car came by and they backed off," she said.

Breytenbach is the head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria.

Apart from the Mdluli matter, she was also working on the arms deal investigation and on a mining rights case involving Kumba and politically connected Imperial Crown Trading (ICT).

Her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar confirmed her suspension by acting NPA head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba on Monday, saying the official reason given by the NPA was that his client allegedly abused her powers in the Kumba fraud case.

Breytenbach was the prosecutor in a case concerning the awarding of mining rights at Sishen to ICT. Kumba subsequently laid a charge of fraud against ICT, and Breytenbach was appointed as prosecutor.

Red herring

ICT's directors and legal representatives subsequently complained to the NPA that Breytenbach was seen as being too close to Kumba and its legal representatives.

Breytenbach denies any wrongdoing.

Her supporters in and outside the NPA believe the Kumba complaint is a red herring and that her persistence to prosecute Mdluli led to her suspension by her bosses in the NPA.

NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke confirmed Breytenbach's suspension. "She has been provided with reasons for her suspension after she was given more than enough time to respond.

"The next step will be an internal disciplinary hearing where all allegations will be addressed substantively."

The NPA denied that Breytenbach's suspension was linked to her insistence that the Mdluli case continued.

Last week, Breytenbach provided Jiba with a memorandum, outlining her reasons why the Mdluli case should never have been withdrawn.

Comments
  • Irene - 2012-04-30 19:02

    How where are the VIP protection unit to protect this honest and decent citizen? There can be absolutely no doubt that the piece of filth Mdluli/anCancer is behind it. Hope you stay safe girl.

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-30 20:00

      The Suspension of adv Glynnis Breytenbach, who heads the NPA's Pretoria office of the specialised Commercial Crimes Unit and who has made her mark as a graft buster, IS causing a BIG stir. From a constitutional point of view, it will be an infringement on the principle of prosecuting independence as laid down in the Constitution should she be suspended from office. The problem is of a bigger dimension though than this incident. Although state prosecutions should be based on the rule of law with criminal laws applying in general to everybody, political office bearers seem to be immune to prosecution with the exception of a few sacrificial pawns like Yengeni. If one looks at the case of Malema, for example, who is alleged to be involved in corruption and having evaded taxes to the tune of millions and Carl Niehaus, who committed fraud in a number of instances, who were never prosecuted, it is clear that there is a two-class prosecution policy: one for the well-connected ruling class and another for ordinary people.

      Multi - 2012-04-30 21:02

      ek gee nie om wie jy is, wat jou kleur is of watter posisie jy beklee nie..ek sal jou jag tot ek jou en jou gespuis kry en dan op die selfde manier doodskiet!.....skiet op my vrou en jy sal die nagevolge dra ..jy is veragtelik, siek, korrup en nie werd om mens genoen te word nie...flippen barbaar

      Ian - 2012-05-01 10:14

      Don't worry darling, Im'e a nobody in South Africa and I have also been shot at and forced off the road. Don't take it personally, it's just one of those random acts of lawlessness that happens 2000 times a day in the 'new South Africa'.

      JoeFRios - 2012-05-01 11:08

      Cry the beloved country indeed.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-30 19:05

    So afraid of the truth, they will kill for it. Same happened to Brett Kebble. They are so korupt, and they hate the truth.

  • malcolm.molver - 2012-04-30 19:08

    Look no further than Richard Mdluli...

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 19:14

      Well if that is indeed correct, one has to wonder what she knows that Mdluli doesn't want the world to know. It must be one heck of a secret to kill for

      Irene - 2012-04-30 19:29

      Lacrimose ~ Not necessarily a heck of a secret. Mdluli is a thug who thinks he's untouchable.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 19:35

      Well if he is that untouchable why does he need to kill a suspended prosecutor? And if she has such damning evidence, surely it will be in a safe place to be released if she does die unexpectedly? Or maybe I read too many spy novels? :)

      rbphiri - 2012-04-30 19:41

      Unfortunately our tinker bell justice system will turn a blind eye and won't see the obvious link. Our judges need guide dogs and a walking stick.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:34

      Irene, and since Mduli is a pal of Zuma he can do what he likes. Hell, I wonder what state Zuma is in when he chooses his friends. Geez.

  • scnzama - 2012-04-30 19:10

    this woman is just pulling a publicity stunt.why did she not report the incident immediately afta it happened.i bet she has been offered a lucrative law advisory post at the Western Cape provincial government

      Irene - 2012-04-30 19:12

      Yisseeeeee scnzama but you're thick! She hasn't only reported it now idiot. It's only reached the media now. Think!!!!!

      Karl - 2012-04-30 19:25

      did u hav breakfast this morning ? Most important meal of the day . Helps one to think .

      malose.lekalakala - 2012-04-30 19:30

      I might not be an expert in this field but all pointers are pointing in one direction. I fail to understand why Mdluli is so protected when everything warants for his day in a court of law to clear his name if he is innocent as he claims to be or face the music if all this allegations are true. But he seems to be also well connected in such a way that he might be a national security threat. there is a big cloud hanging over this guy for him to be back in office

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 19:36

      @snzama - in the article you will read, "She reported the shooting to the Hawks."

      rbphiri - 2012-04-30 19:45

      Clearly your stupidity is also a public stunt, Why didn't you report the level of your stupidity immediately. I bet you have been offered a lucrative moronic corruption post in government.

      Kevin - 2012-04-30 20:03

      Hating the DA isn't what this is about fool. You should read then think then write. It is thinking that sets humans above all the other inhabitants of this planet.

      Johnnie - 2012-04-30 20:15

      You are really thick. Is that why you spell 'AFTER' as 'AFTA'. You do not write a language as you speak or pronounce it.

      Rocky - 2012-04-30 20:48

      scnzama (abbreviation: Schizophrenia) you need urgent medical attention mate. "Do not pass go - visit a mental institution near you". Chuck me Farlie. Trollllllllll

      Cameron - 2012-04-30 23:44

      Thats so true. And don't forget the aliens will be here tomorrow. And im getting my first time machine tomorrow. And last but not least, this will help you the most.......they have finally got a pill that can cure stupid!

      Herman - 2012-05-01 00:43

      Is her suspension also a publicity stunt? Surely not. Mdluli is just another ANC rubbish abusing his office for personal gain and you are either too stupid to see this or part of the booming corruption industry.yes, the Western cape may have a position for her because they still take crime prevention seriously as opposed to our beloved Gangster Paradise.

      Albert - 2012-05-01 02:07

      you are a moron

      John - 2012-05-01 05:36

      idiot

      Richard - 2012-05-01 10:08

      So what do you will your cranium with in the absence of a brain.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:36

      Scnzama, it must be frustrating to suck your thumb so long just to come up with this crap. Get a life.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-30 19:12

    we are governd by mobsters anc you evil you all must be thrown in jail pathetic criminals

  • Tony - 2012-04-30 19:12

    These issues are all linked and the protagonists have to do more and more to keep it away from themselves. As always, the truth will come out and it will get them at some stage. (Apartheid, Mbeki, Malema, Selebi,Kebble,Palotzolo etc) All we need is for enough people to keep on pushing and then be patient.

  • Pule - 2012-04-30 19:14

    From bad to worse,they know very well that they'll have 18 Month remission.

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-30 19:15

    scnzama hey so the ignorant anc supporter shows it head she reported it to the hawk cant you read you must have gone to a eastern cape public school dimwit

  • stefan.maree.1 - 2012-04-30 19:17

    WOW, ons gaan n SA Mafia era binne nou.... nie meer ANC gedrewe, maar ANC Mafia! wat n skrikwekkende feit.... wat word van ons wonderlike land onder sulke skurke

      Rocky - 2012-04-30 21:28

      phosa: google: Mpumalanga assasinations and see what MAFIA really means. You live in a dream world - wake up - IT IS NOT a white/black issue. Also do yourself a favour and google "mafia" - then return to the forum and make an informed contribution.

      Herman - 2012-05-01 00:56

      Mr Phosa, while you are figuring out the meaning of mafia also try to learn to spell or at least to use a spell checker. The combination of bad spelling and bad logic says nothing for your intellect.

  • Burtfred - 2012-04-30 19:17

    Anyone for a banana?

      grant.hide - 2012-05-01 11:20

      These Cancer supporters with their heads in the sand while their masters kill and plunder. What a phat joke. Investments aren't coming here anymore. When the peoples heads eventually come out, all the loot will be gone and the crooks will have left the country to live like kings elsewhere.

  • Alex - 2012-04-30 19:22

    Mrs Breytenback you in a car they're on motor bikes do the math and this could have all been sorted out!

      Rocky - 2012-04-30 21:32

      Alex - you need much more water in that drink - manzi maningi!!!!

      Alex - 2012-04-30 23:57

      This is for the dim wits out there regarding my comment she's in a car why doesn't she just ram the guys on bikes then we can find out who is behind all this.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 08:29

      Alex : If I was driving a car and some guys on motorbikes try to "force" me off the road, I know exactly what to do.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:41

      Alex, do you think she woud have found out who is behind all this if she had killed the bikers?.

      Alex - 2012-05-01 14:53

      Jacqui yes she may have killed them but who knows maybe she wouldn't. No harm in trying.

  • Tsietsi - 2012-04-30 19:24

    Is it not obvious? It is during times like these that the minister responsible and the presidency must provide leadership. But I won't bet on it.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 19:30

      The 'president' can't even spell the word 'leadership' let alone know what it means.

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-30 19:36

      @tsietsi the pres is just as bad and guilty

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 11:59

      Of course the President knows about leadership, Irene. It is the ship in front of the backupship in the convoy of oneupmanship.

  • dave.prinsloo - 2012-04-30 19:28

    anyone still unclear about Zuma being kingpin of SA organised crime?

  • rbphiri - 2012-04-30 19:31

    The gun powder trail leads back to butthh0le Mdluli. This is a drastic attempt to silence the case, after all dead people can't talk. And to think he has been reinstated to his previous position. Our judicial system is flawed, if you have political affiliation with the ruling party you immediately receive immunity from prosecution, a membership card is merely a get out of jail free ticket.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 19:51

      Well I am still confused. There will be an inquest first - 39 witnesses. The inquest will determine whether it was murder or something else. If the inquest finds it is murder then after that there will be a murder trial. The suspended prosecutor is not a witness for the inquest. So why kill her? If all 39 witnesses for the inquest die then not even the (new) public prosecutor could fail to investigate. It would just be too blatant a cover-up. So I'm not saying it is not Mdluli but it still seems to me like there's more going on here than just him.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 19:32

    Call in some ex koevoet boys or infantry to help you the current regime will crap itself.

      Irene - 2012-04-30 19:38

      Oh how I wish they would.

      Karl - 2012-04-30 19:41

      don't even have to go that far . Some army chefs ... Pre 94 will certainly be capable !

      janti.cloete - 2012-04-30 20:26

      Stuur net Upington se brandweer...

      Rocky - 2012-04-30 20:50

      ...of Pofadder se pynpolisie!!!!!!

  • Adam - 2012-04-30 19:41

    This must either be sanctioned by zuma, or he has not got the balls to stop it, and must also be sanctioned by mandela, who says nothing. My mother died at age 99, if mandela did not agree with whats going on, he would have said something. Only we can VOTE THEM OUT.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-30 19:42

    Typical of this Zanu PF style govt. we are getting. Criminals through and through as led by Zuma. Bloody sick!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 19:49

    What is mandela he started all this stuff dont forget that.

      Adam - 2012-04-30 20:05

      He is a re(tired) terrorist. Got to share in the Nobel Peace prize, for allowing the country a peaceful transition. If he did not do this, there would not have been a transition. When you see how "peaceful" the transition is after TWO DECADES, they should withdraw his award.

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 20:16

      @Adam, you living in another country, aren't you?

      Rocky - 2012-04-30 21:54

      Ja..... he started the "kill the boer, kill the white man" after 1994 when we gave him his freedom. How I despise 17 March 1992. The day I brought "genocide" on me and my fellow South Africans with a simple "X" in the "yes" vote box. I apoligize - never thought

      SaintBruce - 2012-05-01 13:14

      Hi Rocky, I get the same feeling sometimes. I placed my 'x' in the box for peace and the desire never to have my fellow man classified by the colour of their skin. Yet today, even my ID number ends in a 'race classification' and I have to mark all my training courses with a race classification just like the census. We were sold down the river and if we continue to allow criminality to be the 'qualifying' criteria for those in roles of power, and do nothing about it, then the children that follow us can say: "cowards allowed the weak minded to take what the strong willed never would! Oh, where were the men of character at the hour of need?" We need to be reminded that Nelson Mandela [MK CO] ordered attacks on civilians even though he became a good promoter of SA when our President (he was out of the country more than in it for most of his term as President - hob-nobbing with the elites of the world) The real question is - what do we as South Africans want , and will we stand up for it?

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-30 19:51

    The WORLD is watching...ANC...you are an embarrassment to your people....I DID NOT VOTE FOR YOU TO ACT ON MY BEHALF IN RUNNING THIS COUNTRY....NOW I KNOW WHY.What did the woman do to deserve this?

      Adam - 2012-05-01 07:46

      zuma does not really stand for womens rights. He does not respect women.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-30 19:56

    And Thuli was told to back off as well!! Little by little we are getting accustomed to things that a short while ago would have been totally unacceptable. These things should STILL be totally unacceptable NOW !! Time for change. Radical change.

      Lacrimose - 2012-04-30 20:52

      I believe that is what these murderous attempts are - radical change, now

  • Innocent - 2012-04-30 19:59

    some are more important than others,that what goverment led by Zuma,Glynnis is qualified personal we need her skills for best interest of the country,please anyone help,SA african are sinking to pure corruption and crime orchastrate by Mdluli.

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-04-30 20:10

    everyday the anc looks more and more like the national party. is it time for another revolution?

  • Jannie - 2012-04-30 20:11

    The Zuma MAFIA at its best!!! What will Zuma's next move be to stay in power and protect his cronies??

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 20:13

    I wouldn't dispute this claim from this woman. This country has turned to be worst than Mafia/Drug Dealers Ring which is governed by a principle whoever messes us up must die. I wish her and her family all the best of luck.

  • Zolisa - 2012-04-30 20:14

    I cant believe this.South Africa is now doing what other african states are doing.Prosecutors are now under attack.I call on our govt to protect this woman.The international community is watching us and these are people who supported our struggle.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:47

      Zolisa yes, and have anyone heard the Minister of Justice or any other Minister for that matter say anything about such lawlessness?. Instead the are praising their dead comrade. If you listen to them, butter couldn't melt in that man's mouth. We are on a slippery slope, that's for sure.

  • Dave - 2012-04-30 20:14

    Just like the 2 investigators that are under witness protection (what a joke ), this exceptionally brave woman needs to get out of this country and fast. Fight the good fight where you know you will be safe, and thats not here clearly....what the heck has become of this country?

      ryan.macdougall - 2012-04-30 20:54

      too true

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 20:15

    Glynnis dont let them intimidate you we are behind you all the way.African National Cowards are nothing just a bunch of uneducated emotianal common thieves.

  • Cecile - 2012-04-30 20:20

    The fat cats are starting to get anxious!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 20:23

    People i hate apartheid as i myself was a victim.Answer me a simple question,why was apartheid ever introduced,just answer a simple question simple as that.

      Derick - 2012-04-30 20:50

      jy weet wat om mense soos malema stil te maak ma wat weet ons regtig miskien was die geld te mooi om te deel, ma as jy gaan stil en dink dan was ons voor ouers die rede, hule moes nie laat boere hulle oee met vet toegesmeer het nie ma dit het gebeur, hoekom hardloop soos honde op en af. Ma apartheid is soos n ding wat jou diep seer maak, ma ek sal ma ophou voor ek n book op jou antwoord, ma jou vraag is reg hoekom apartheid.

      KReddy - 2012-05-01 01:16

      To answer, or rather, attempt to answer a q about apartheid posted here somewhere. Apartheid was a policy that was extrapilated from th Netherlands/Holland where people were segregated by religion and faith so as to make schooling, place of worship, shopping abd retailing tailored to specific peoples needs more easier. It was referred to as the pillars of society and it kind of worked but the difference with apartheid was that the ppl there could mix freely and just be free as the segregation only assisted in admin. Apartheid applied that to race and not religion and that was were f up began. All ppl were divided by race and afforded varying degrees of opportunities, resources, rights and priveledges and areas to live in with whites being favoured. Each area had some of its own ppl governing, the government even considered dividing the sa. The biggest problem was that the white apartheid government hated resistance to their \ideal\ and had overarching power to rule and control and employed tougher penalties on the increasing resistance.when the wheels started coming of the perfect apartheid wagon we got to here the horror stories at the trc. Some have the impression that things where better of during apartheid, yes it was, for a few. The majority shared a little of the wealth while a few enjoyed it in abundance. Now its happening again but with a few connected ppl. Apartheid will persist now, not along race but with what we see happening daily. Wealth between a few, most of the ppl sufferring and draconian corruption cover up laws.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 08:47

      It starts with rational thought, but ends in strife. See Sudan.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-01 09:23

      I think that most of the tensions between the black and white populations, leading up to the apartheid, started from the point Dingaan slaughtered Peace maker Piet Retief, after telling him to come to a peace meeting and leaving their weapons at the door. After that the trust was ruptured and the situation snowballed. Fear became hate, and hate became the total segregation and control of the black population which chose to venture into the cities they were building.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:55

      KReddy, what a lot of baloney. The Dutch in the early days lived where their religion was. Catholic in the South, Protestant in the North. They had their own schools etc and didn't intermarry. But they could if they wanted to. Holland has never known apartheid and their only connection to the South African apartheid was that it was a Dutch word introduced by Hendrik Verwoerd. Apartheid here was introduced by white people who saw black people as a danger to their way of life. Their religious views had a lot to do with it and this is not the place for a history lesson, so I'll leave it at that.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 20:34

    Janine lie in bed tonight and think about it,it will come to you.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 20:40

    Anc is promoting racism,bring it on,what have you fools ever designed,nothing you couldnt even perfect a wagon wheel,play with clever people and you will suffer.Go away please save yourselves your day is coming.

  • Rassie - 2012-04-30 21:15

    They should rename the ANC TO RIOBC it stands for ROBBEN ILAND OLDBOYS CLUB

      Hannah Puissa Mostert - 2012-04-30 21:39

      Well that was a definite warning if I ever heard one ..Thank you for your bravery Mrs Breytenbach in taking the right decision to expose the truth

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 08:50

      Think they were trained well on Robber's Island, Rassie?

  • Rocky - 2012-04-30 21:38

    Ja..... he is the “holy one” who sang "kill the white man" when we gave him his freedom in 1990. How I despise 17 March 1992. The day I brought "genocide" on myself and my fellow South Africans with a simple "X" in the "yes" vote box. I apoligize - never thought that a “Piet Retief” will repeat itself in the 20th century – groot askuus.

  • Gaby - 2012-04-30 21:52

    According to Julian Assange of Wikileaks, one can determine the extent of the crime/corruption, by the efford to which people will go, to cover it up. This is a good example, don't you think?

  • Jacques - 2012-04-30 22:02

    I must say, this Breytenbach has balls of steel. Way back at the start of the year she said she won't stop her work when they threatened to suspend her, and even now with all this cloak-and-dagger stuff she's still at it. If only our politicians had her spine! Keep at it, Glynnis!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:58

      Of course she has balls of steel, she's a woman.

  • Eduard Marais - 2012-04-30 22:54

    But still the stupid masses will continue to vote for the corrupt bunch of ANC crooks (just as in Zimbabwe; how they continue to vote for ZanuPf). Africa, oh Africa!

      Sam - 2012-04-30 23:42

      oooooooh yes of course howcome we can vote racists

      Herman - 2012-05-01 01:18

      Sam, fact of the matter is that African history abounds with dictatorships, many of them lasting for decades, others overthrown by even bigger dictators. Fact is that nowhere else in the world are dictators voted back into power other than here in Africa. calling Mr. Marais a racist does not change any of that. Stop the name calling and start thinking for yourself.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-01 08:52

      Sam. You will be surprized to see who the real racists are.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-01 11:59

      Sam, every time you vote ANC you vote for a bunch of racists. Wake up.

  • KReddy - 2012-05-01 01:17

    To answer, or rather, attempt to answer a q about apartheid posted here somewhere. Apartheid was a policy that was extrapilated from th Netherlands/Holland where people were segregated by religion and faith so as to make schooling, place of worship, shopping abd retailing tailored to specific peoples needs more easier. It was referred to as the pillars of society and it kind of worked but the difference with apartheid was that the ppl there could mix freely and just be free as the segregation only assisted in admin. Apartheid applied that to race and not religion and that was were f up began. All ppl were divided by race and afforded varying degrees of opportunities, resources, rights and priveledges and areas to live in with whites being favoured. Each area had some of its own ppl governing, the government even considered dividing the sa. The biggest problem was that the white apartheid government hated resistance to their \ideal\ and had overarching power to rule and control and employed tougher penalties on the increasing resistance.when the wheels started coming of the perfect apartheid wagon we got to here the horror stories at the trc. Some have the impression that things where better of during apartheid, yes it was, for a few. The majority shared a little of the wealth while a few enjoyed it in abundance. Now its happening again but with a few connected ppl. Apartheid will persist now, not along race but with what we see happening daily. Wealth between a few, most of the ppl sufferring and draconian corruption cover up laws.

  • Graham - 2012-05-01 05:58

    And will she receive Full pay during her suspension like the ANC corrupt address do? She won't be dying of "natural causes" like shikeka though!

  • Marina - 2012-05-01 08:20

    The typically inherent mentality of "If someone bothers you, kill it". Stay safe Glynnis.

  • Zengfuey - 2012-05-01 09:06

    Not good for Mdluli and the whole NPA. Whom ever is targeting Breytenbach is not helping, instead it is tarnishing the whole NPA and Mdluli.

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