NPA files Breytenbach review

2013-06-13 22:28
Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Beeld)

Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has filed an application for the Labour Court to review the outcome of a disciplinary hearing, which cleared prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach of all charges against her.

"I can confirm that the papers on the application for review have been filed with the Labour Court today [Thursday]," said NPA spokesperson Nomilo Mpondo.

On 27 May, Breytenbach was found not guilty on 15 counts by a disciplinary hearing, which sat at the NPA's head office in Pretoria.

One of the charges was that she failed to act impartially when investigating the Kumba Iron Ore/Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights dispute, because of "improper relations" with Sishen's lawyer, Advocate Mike Hellens.

After the findings were made known, the NPA said it found them "factually incorrect and legally unsustainable" and would approach the court for a review.

On Wednesday, the NPA's executive manager for communications Bulelwa Makeke said, in response to a question, that Breytenbach was at work, but that it would not discuss work matters in the media.

On Thursday, Eyewitness News reported that Breytenbach had not worked at all this week.

Asked to clarify, Mpondo said the NPA told Breytenbach she could come back to work on Monday.

It reiterated that it would not discuss her daily movements with the media.

Comment from Breytenbach's attorney could not be obtained.

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