Breytenbach has new fight

2013-06-15 00:00

ADVOCATE Glynnis Breytenbach will ask the Labour Court in Johannesburg to set aside the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) decision to remove her from her post and replace her.

Her lawyer, Gerhard Wagenaar, said yesterday that they will bring an urgent application against what they regard as an unjustified step by the NPA.

Breytenbach was due to resume her duties as Gauteng head of the specialised crimes unit on Monday. Instead, after a meeting with the acting head of the NPA, Nomgcobo Jiba, she did not return to her office.

The office of the state advocate sent Wagenaar a letter on Thursday evening informing him that it had been decided to move Breytenbach to the Gauteng office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

The letter came less than a week after the NPA told Wagenaar and Breytenbach that new charges were being investigated against her.

Advocate Jan Henning SC, former deputy head of the NPA, who set up the specialised crimes unit, said the NPA wants Breytenbach out of the way so that she cannot investigate high-profile cases, like that against former crime intelligence boss Lieutenant-General Richard Mdluli.

“That is unfortunately the impression the NPA is creating by moving Breytenbach from her post. She was recently praised for her leadership of the unit. Now the NPA is sidelining her, even though she was cleared of the charges brought against her.”

The DA also said it seems the NPA will let nothing stand in the way of its preventing Breytenbach investigating high-profile cases. It said it would ask the NPA to explain to the parliamentary portfolio committee on Justice why Breytenbach was moved.

The NPA did not respond to queries yesterday.

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