Suggestion of Breytenbach affair denied

2013-05-30 08:48

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Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) lawyer Ronnie Mendelow denies he and his legal team suggested advocate Mike Hellens had an affair with National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Mendelow denied today the suggestion was made after Hellens had said Mendelow lodged a complaint against him to the NPA because he had an unusually close relationship with Breytenbach, The Star reported.

Mendelow said his complaint made no insinuation whatsoever regarding a sexual or love relationship between Breytenbach and Hellens.

“Advocate Hellens knows this very well indeed, and one can only wonder at his motive for misstating that there was any such suggestion,” he said.

The complaint was that Breytenbach failed to maintain objectivity over the course of an investigation against ICT.

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

Breytenbach was also found not guilty on any of the alternative charges, after being suspended from the NPA on April 30, 2012.

City Press reported yesterday that Breytenbach’s lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar reminded the NPA, in a letter sent to state attorneys representing the NPA, that its acting boss Nomgcobo Jiba had previously promised Breytenbach would be allowed to return to work if found not guilty by her disciplinary hearing.

Wagenaar also said that, given the outcome of the disciplinary hearing, “there can be no further credible argument to be made that our client (Breytenbach) is still under suspension.”

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