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NPA postpones Breytenbach hearing

2012-06-19 14:50

Pretoria - A disciplinary hearing for suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was postponed by the National Prosecuting Authority on Tuesday, after it heard an application from Media24 to allow journalists to cover the hearing.

Due to a lack of space in the venue, most journalists were asked to wait outside the hearing while Media24's lawyers argued their case.

Adriaan Basson, assistant editor for City Press, tweeted that advocate Raylene Keightley, for Media24, argued that the matter went to the heart of the NPA's constitutional imperatives. This was to prosecute without fear or favour.

"Keightley citing examples of Hlophe hearing, Aurora liquidation, and CCMA case of ex SIU boss Faiek Davids where press allowed #Breytenbach," he tweeted.

Breytenbach did not oppose the application.

Advocate William Mokhari, for the NPA, argued there could never be a provision that internal disciplinary matters should be open.

"Mokhari: NPA has many employees. Next time they will also want media present. This will set very bad precedent. #Breytenbach," Basson tweeted.