Mourning Breytenbach opts to continue

2013-03-04 12:38
Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - Suspended senior NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach opted to press on with her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on Monday after her mother died last week.

"I'm fine," said Breytenbach, as one of the attorneys hugged her while the hearing's chairperson Selby Mbenenge SC was being informed.

"I received news on Saturday that her mother had passed away on Friday," Breytenbach's counsel Wim Trengove SC told the hearing.

He told Mbenenge that, after receiving the news, he told Breytenbach it was up to her whether she wanted to carry on with the hearing.

"She SMS-ed back that she did want to proceed and get it over with," Trengove said.

Mbenenge said that if, at any time, she found the proceedings difficult given the "dark cloud", she should just say so.

Breytenbach held her head down and cupped her hands over her face briefly while accepting condolences from Mbenenge, then sat upright and was ready for National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor William Mokhari.

He also offered condolences, then launched into questions about her laptop being handed in for examination.

Breytenbach was suspended by the NPA last year after it said Imperial Crown Trading had complained about her handling of a criminal case against them.

She contends she was suspended for not wanting the fraud charges against former police crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli withdrawn.

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