Breytenbach ‘delighted, relieved’ to be back at work

2013-06-07 09:08

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach will be allowed to return to work, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has said.

“The NPA is in agreement that Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach should return to work after the outcome of the internal disciplinary hearing,” spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke said yesterday.

“The NPA has issued a written communication to her today (Thursday) confirming this decision.”

Makeke said Breytenbach would meet the acting national director for public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, on her return on Monday.

Breytenbach’s lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said he was satisfied with the NPA’s announcement.

“Glynnis is delighted and she is relieved.”

He said she would be going back to work on Monday and would attend the meeting with Jiba.

On May 27, 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, NPA spokesperson Nomilo Mpondo described the findings as “factually incorrect and legally unsustainable”.

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

When asked if the NPA would still bring a court challenge against the disciplinary hearing’s ruling, Wagenaar said: “We understand they still want to proceed with the application.”

But no formal notification to this effect had been received.

Clarity from the NPA on the matter could not be immediately obtained.

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