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NPA 'trumped up' Breytenbach charges

2012-07-27 16:00

Pretoria - The National Prosecuting Authority has fabricated charges against suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, her lawyer said on Friday.

"They are trumped up charges designed to get rid of Glynnis Breytenbach," Wim Trengove said at her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria.

He was referring in particular to two charges relating to Breytenbach doing work outside the NPA; she allegedly rented out a flat and ran a horse stabling business.

Trengove was cross-examining Hercules Wasserman, acting senior manager of the NPA's integrity management unit, at the authority's offices in Silverton.

Trengove pointed out that renting out a flat did not amount to performing remunerative work.

Breytenbach had stabled a horse for a friend's child which had cost her R2 500 a month, although the friend could only contribute R1 000 towards this, he said.

Wasserman said he was not aware of this.

Trengove said this was because Wasserman had not investigated.

"I do not know of any investigation of these facts at all, other than the reading of one line in a credit application," Trengove said.

While analysing Breytenbach's e-mails on the NPA server, Wasserman's unit had found Breytenbach's application for car finance in 2009, in which she listed under "other income" that she earned R4 000 a month for renting out a flat and stabling a horse.

Abuse of privacy

Trengove called the reading of this e-mail an abuse of Breytenbach's Constitutional right to privacy of her communication.

Trengove called the charges "trivial nonsense".

Wasserman replied that he was not involved in the drawing up of the charge sheet.

He admitted Breytenbach had not been not asked to explain this income.

Trengove said the charges were "further symptomatic of the zeal with which the NPA gunned for Glynnis Breytenbach".

"The NPA attempted to prosecute Glynnis Breytenbach on charges like these, behind closed doors, while telling the public that she was being prosecuted for her abuse of the investigation in the ICT case," Trengove said.

He added: "And that was done to prevent her from prosecuting Richard Mdluli."

New witness

Wasserman's unit was asked to investigate Breytenbach after a complaint by Mendelow Jacobs Attorneys, on behalf of Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) in October last year.

Breytenbach was alleged to have failed to have acted impartially in investigating the Sishen/Kumba Iron Ore and ICT mining rights dispute.

Breytenbach contends she was suspended to protect former intelligence boss Mdluli.

A new witness, William Gloster, internal investigator for the NPA's integrity management unit, took the stand later on Friday.

Breytenbach has denied all 16 charges against her.

The hearing continues.

Comments
  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-07-27 16:29

    Hercules Wasserman appears also to be voicing "his masters'" voice!

      Carlos - 2012-07-27 16:41

      I wonder who's paying for all these legal costs!! And who's doing the NPA work while they pursue getting rid of this "whitey"?

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-27 17:37

      I would like to know what this clever bigshot Wasserman looks like. What did he investigate her private e-mail.

  • press.enter.12 - 2012-07-27 16:30

    Why is Trengove not asking the obvious - who signed off on Wassermans report - surely that is where the buck stops ?

      Squeegee - 2012-07-27 16:57

      Give him time. This is not a 50 minute TV show...

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-27 16:32

    NPA if this is how you treat loyal and hard working people then I doubt the integrity of this body. As part of our criminal justice system you fail miserably. Again it shows cadres are protected against prosecution.

  • Wilhelm - 2012-07-27 16:34

    to think the country's National PRosecuting authority behaves in this manner... they probably think Integrity is the name of an after-shave...

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-07-27 16:50

    The NPA have proved themselves a bunch of Incompetents again. No wonder the Crooks and fraudsters have a field day in South Africa.

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-27 17:27

    Meanwhile, I await with eager breath to hear how she abused her position in an investigation................ I wonder if they are saving the crunch line for last?????????????

  • John - 2012-07-27 17:28

    Hide the evidence in plain sight. Mdluli needs to be investigated. The classic tactic of look at Breytenbach do not look at cANCers Mdluli and his escapades. Was she also an apartheid spy? Cover it up. cANCer is really good at that. Take a lesson from the CIA advisors.

  • mzwa.chilliza - 2012-07-27 17:56

    One thing that the South Africans don't know is that NPA gets instructions from the ANC(can't mention names of ANC officials).they are not independent,but they claim to be independent to us.I wonder what will Mr Mhanga have to say to the people of RSA bcos I don't see them winning this case.same like the SAPS,employees are oppressed all the time,even when they are doing the right thing.this is really stressing but what can we do,It's high time South Africans voted for another political party.klaar.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-28 08:06

      @mzwa What do mean "South Africans don't know"? We all know. Just the ANC supporters don't admit it, and they think it's OK.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-07-27 17:56

    this auntie.. she is a hired gun...what is driving her to be even a law unto herself...

      tommo.too - 2012-07-28 03:27

      Her conscience.....

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-28 08:12

      @bong And the knowledge that she is right. God bless this "auntie" in her fight for justice.

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-27 17:59

    This Breytenbach...your client Wim Trengove is a Liar.

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-27 18:12

      And your point is?

      Erna - 2012-07-27 18:27

      And you base this on what? Your inside information or the fact that it is a known fact that the NPA (also known in some circles as cadres) don't lie!

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-07-28 08:20

      @Victor Which articles have you been reading? By the way Trengove can't lie, he asks the questions in this game. The Narional Persecting Authority has been caught lying and breaking all the rules. Vic - you are not too bright are you?

  • tyrone.b.cook - 2012-07-27 20:13

    This is what happens to a true patriot!!the accused and all parties involved will do there best to discredit you or worse!!this is a perfect example of why we will never be rid of crime,(this country is led by example)\r\n.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-28 03:31

    If it is proved the NPA is in the wrong, who will prosecute the prosecuting authority? It must go to the supreme court surely?

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