Advocates shocked at action against prosecutor

2012-02-06 12:33

Johannesburg - Former National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli and other senior advocates have expressed shock at the disciplinary action against prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, according to a report on Monday.

"The disciplinary investigation against her is a huge shock and a surprise," Pikoli told Beeld newspaper, adding that he knew her as a fearless, dedicated and extremely competent prosecutor.

Breytenbach had found herself at the centre of controversy since last week, when the National Prosecuting Authority notified her she had to provide the organisation with reasons by Tuesday why she should not be suspended.

She is alleged to have abused her power in the investigation into a fraud charge laid by iron ore mining company Kumba against Imperial Crown Trading.

The NPA has denied a link between the possible suspension of Breytenbach, deputy director of the specialised commercial crimes unit in Gauteng, and the dropping of charges against suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

‘Lack of competence in the NPA’

Advocate Jan Henning, NPA former deputy director, described the action against her as a low point in the body's history.

"If the motives for the actions against her are less than pure, the process has to be halted, for the sake of the justice system, the morale of prosecutors and the image of the NPA," he told Beeld.

According to another former NPA deputy head, Jan D'Oliveira, Breytenbach was an experienced prosecutor who would never undermine the Constitution.

"There is a total lack of competence in the NPA, where decisions are being made by people occupying senior posts, who actually have no experience prosecuting cases from the lowest to the highest courts, or giving guidance to subordinates," he was quoted as saying by Beeld.

The NPA stated last week it regarded the investigation against Breytenbach as an internal issue.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said they would not entertain questions about reports that Breytenbach was told to stop work on the fraud investigation involving Imperial Crown Trading's allegedly falsifying a prospecting licence.

It was reported last week that Breytenbach carried on with the investigation regardless of the order.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-06 12:49

    Dark forces are at work here.

      Godfrey - 2012-02-06 13:38

      Yep, like "mining and Zuma" in the same sentence.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-06 12:50

    they are not the only ones,so are the rest of the sane public

  • Irene - 2012-02-06 12:57

    This brave lady is obviously getting a bit too close for comfort for the ANC rats. Keep up the good work Glynis.

  • Andrew - 2012-02-06 15:15

    Will we ever hear the truth in this matter? To all accounts it would seem this is a serious cover up by the NPA which now casts a huge shadow on the integrity of the NPA.

  • stefaans.blaauw - 2012-04-30 12:28

    Who ordered her to stop with the investigations, and why. Politicians involved of caurse, and... Simply because she was going to expose them to justice. Another BEE scam

  • Lynne - 2012-05-01 06:20

    Zuma and all his cronies are totally ruining our great country. Glynis you are doing a fantastic job the trouble is you are just too much of a threat to government. Disgusting that the ANC seem to be able to do anything - legal or not.

  • George - 2012-05-01 06:34

    Fearless, dedicated, competent; all these things are anathema in the public service no wonder they are getting rid of her. Stands out like a sore thumb.

  • marita.pienaar - 2012-05-01 07:21

    Shocking - South Africans of all races must protest against these type of TYRANNY - MAYBE WE SHOULD TWITTER AND FB THIS ARTICAL AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

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