Arms deal prosecutor suspended

2012-02-02 16:15

Johannesburg - The national prosecuting authority (NPA) has suspended top corruption prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

Breytenbach was responsible for the NPA’s arms deal probe and recently aborted fraud case against suspended crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

She also headed the prosecution of alleged Ponzi scheme mastermind Barry Tannenbaum and worked on a corruption case involving mineral resources officials and businesspeople involved in the Sishen mining rights transaction.

Breytenbach heads up the Pretoria office of the NPA’s specialised commercial crimes unit. She was suspended on Wednesday.

NPA spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga refused to divulge the reasons for Breytenbach’s suspension.

“The suspension of Adv Glynnis Breytenbach is an internal matter which is currently being handled according to internal disciplinary processes and procedures hence we are not at liberty to discuss it in the media. All cases she was handling will be reassigned to other equally capable prosecutors within the NPA,” Mhaga told City Press.

Breytenbach started prosecuting financial crimes in 1987 and was prosecuting commercial crimes by 1990.

In a 2009 interview, Breytenbach said her unit had been “very effective” and had a conviction rate of over 90%.

Breytenbach declined to comment.

  • Gary - 2012-02-02 16:29

    Got too close to Mr Prez and his troop.....

      Dirk - 2012-02-02 16:51

      Cry and weep, the beloved country

      goyougoodthing - 2012-02-02 16:59

      As the public we should demand to know why she is suspended. There is no protection of the ANC information law yet!

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-02-02 17:01

      Obviousley ......she wanted to prosecute a comrade. The comrades will not allow this. She will be replaced, as has happened before, with a prosecuter that will withdraw all charges against corrupt comrades. Remember JZ ?

      Mike - 2012-02-02 17:22

      All you whiteys stop complaining on this site. No one will ever hear you. Vavi will not hear you. the only way someone will hear is if your toy toy and your uncle godfather Zuma will then hear you. The whites are too stupid to toy toy and dont really care. That is how the blacks get a little further each time.

      Andre - 2012-02-02 17:49

      You are so right. They caught on to the news that her team's conviction rate was 90%. They first understood it to be 10% and that's why she was appointed. They are now rectifying the matter!

  • nicog1 - 2012-02-02 16:32

    is someone getting too close to the real truth??????

  • Alva - 2012-02-02 16:45

    Arms deal cover up on the cards! If Breytenbach has been doing such a good job, why the sudden suspension?

      Sharon - 2012-02-02 17:45

      Again more questions than answers..I hope News24 is going to follow this one up - Ask Gerrie Nel what the rewards are for doing a great job!

      Juan - 2012-02-02 18:18

      That's the whole problem, she's doing too good a job. The ANC big wigs don't want the public to know the truth about them.

  • Mike - 2012-02-02 16:46

    Anytime this happens one cannot but just wonder what she has uncovered. Gotten too close to Zuma Incorporated? Will we ever know the truth about Arms Deal and Co...?

      ubhejane - 2012-02-02 17:39

      Mike I beg to differ with all the commentators about this suspension. My first reaction was, maybe she wasn't doing her job that is why these issues are not resolved. I hope I'm right.

      John - 2012-02-02 17:50

      But you probably not........

  • ISO - 2012-02-02 16:46

    It would be interesting to know why she was suspended! Come on news 24 dig abit deeper!

  • Daft - 2012-02-02 16:53

    This country will never ever come right !...those who still believe in the future of SA must re-think...look at reality !!!

  • Hugh - 2012-02-02 16:55

    Too close to the truth maybe?

  • asteyn - 2012-02-02 16:55

    everyone is equal... some are just more equal than others...

  • Herman - 2012-02-02 16:59

    This crap started 22 years ago to the date....

      Nonku Butelezi - 2012-02-02 18:26

      The amount of likes on this comment on its on speak in volumes.

      Herman - 2012-02-02 23:34

      @ Nonku, if it was approached correctly, guidance was given to the previously disadvantaged and it was phased in correctly, it would have been a total different picture today.

  • Nickolas - 2012-02-02 17:02

    Jumping to conclusion are'nt we..? Adriaan do you mind scratching for her track a list of cases she handled and how many she successfully prosecuted..? I just cannot take anything at face value anymore..we need a score board that way we will judge for our selves..

  • Shirley - 2012-02-02 17:04

    Desperate times call for desperate mesures! The blatant dictatorship continues and we must just accept! Enough is enough!

  • ISO - 2012-02-02 17:04

    Well is she was suspended unfairly then she should start singing like a budgie!

  • Cracker - 2012-02-02 17:11

    She performs a very important public function. It can not be correct, especially against the factual background and developments in this country, to simply classify the matter as internal. At least give the reason for the suspension. If it appears from that, that the reason is really of a interpersonal nature the public will not clamor for more detail - unless of course the other party alleges different reasons for the suspension. One should also consider the source of the salaries and perks involved. It is taxation being used for the aforesaid.

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-02-02 17:15

    Getting too close to the truth I suspect!

  • Brian - 2012-02-02 17:15

    2 incidents in one day reagarding NPA. Where is Wikileaks to keep us truly informed.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-02-02 17:19

    This sounds all too familiar.

  • Jymiro - 2012-02-02 17:23

    I agree with Nickolas. Adriaan is misrepresnting facts, Gynnis is not involved in the arms deal probe. That probe is done by the Hawks and not the specialised commercial crimes unit. NPA does not do probes (investigations)they prosecute. Investigation is the competency of the SAPS and the Hawks which report to the SAPS. Secondly all the arms deal probes are not subjected to the commission that was established last year. Its always said the less you the more dangerous you become so I am surprise about these dangerous comments. This reflect the level of knowledge people have. Again don't just be a consumer of any junk that journalist feed you they have their own limitations. Take it or leave it.

      Jymiro - 2012-02-02 17:28

      Correction - are now subjected to the judicial commission of enquiry

      Jymiro - 2012-02-02 17:36

      Aother typing error - its always said the less knowledge you have the more dangerous you become .......

      John - 2012-02-02 18:08

      You check your facts..... She was the prosecutor who was dealing with the arms deal before The Honorably Mr Zuma had his henchmen drop the inquiry so as to clear the way for his election as president. In those "days" we didn't have Hawks.... But Scorpions.... who were also done away with. Anyone or any organisation that is a threat to our government officials is either suspended, replaced or done away with.... The History of the new South Africa...

      Lara - 2012-02-02 18:36

      Why does everyone think this has to do with the Arms Deal? There are many other shady dealings this lot is involved with.

  • Charl - 2012-02-02 17:24

    Stepping on some sensitive toes or got too close to some high ranking ANC fat cat.

  • Andries - 2012-02-02 18:21

    Why do you think Madonsella has toned down her public reports so much of late? At least she had been warned and heeded the warning. Of course this has to do with issues other than being incapable in her job. I hope she minces them in the labour court.

  • les.cunningham1 - 2012-02-02 18:27

    What a load of crap !!! she is good and they know it. Too close to home.

  • Aubrey - 2012-02-02 18:29

    90% conviction rate, please she has to be removed. getting to near all the rubbish with their fingers in the cookie jar.

  • Nonku Butelezi - 2012-02-02 18:39

    Aren't we getting ahead of ourselves? Speculating & concluding when the person we pity doesn't even want to comment or shed light on the issue. Calm yourselves & wait for her to comment since we've already labeled her as the victim.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-02-03 07:39

      ­She was told to stop investigating Duduzane Zuma of ICT. Rest my case

  • Patsy - 2012-02-03 10:50

    The reasons for Ms Breytenbach's suspension are perfectly obvious to everyone who is not blinkered. She got too near to the truth. Not a good idea for one's self-preservation in S. A. Good luck, Ms Breytenbach may all the crooks be found out and prosecuted and may you be vindicated.

  • George - 2012-05-01 17:10

    Ah, the dots are starting to form a pattern, aren't they. Zuma better offer her half his protection detail because if any harm comes her way, well, I'd hate to be around let's say.

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