NPA to consider Breytenbach's return

2013-06-05 22:31
Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Beeld)

Glynnis Breytenbach (Picture: Beeld)

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Johannesburg - A deadline has been set for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to decide whether to reinstate prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

The NPA had until 16:30 on Thursday to make a decision, said lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar.

"We had a meeting this afternoon to discuss her return to work," he said.

Wagenaar said the NPA was still considering whether it would allow her return, and if so, when. It was also deciding whether to redeploy her.

NPA spokesperson Nomilo Mpondo said she was unable to comment as she did not have all the information.

"We are of the view in law that she is entitled to return," said Wagenaar.

He said Breytenbach was entitled to return immediately, and to the position she occupied prior to being suspended.

"We indicated she wished to return immediately," he said.

Wagenaar said if the NPA decided against reinstating Breytenbach, an option would be to approach the courts.

Not guilty

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.

A core charge against the anti-graft prosecutor was failing to act impartially when investigating the Kumba Iron Ore/Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights issue, because of "improper relations" with Sishen's lawyer Mike Hellens.

Breytenbach was also found not guilty on any of the alternative charges.

The following day, the NPA announced it would bring a court challenge against the disciplinary hearing's ruling.

At the time, Mpondo described the findings as "factually incorrect and legally unsustainable".

Breytenbach was suspended from the NPA on 30 April last year.

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