Breytenbach hearing open to media

2012-06-29 22:43

Johannesburg - The disciplinary hearing of suspended National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach will be open to the media when it resumes in July, her lawyer says.

Gerhard Wagenaar said on Friday that restrictions would be put in place if confidential matters arose during proceedings, expected to be held on 23 July.

NPA head of communications Bulelwa Makeka confirmed that advocate Barry Madolo made the ruling on Friday.

However, the NPA was going to take legal advice from the State Attorney to see whether they could challenge this decision, and if so, how it should be challenged -- within the forum of the disciplinary hearing, or in a court.

"You must understand that this has never happened before," she said.

The decision follows an application by publisher Media24, who believe the hearing should be open to the media in the public interest.

Breytenbach was suspended on 30 April for conduct related to cases allocated to her.

She has submitted in papers before the Labour Court that she was suspended as regional head of the specialised commercial crime unit because she insisted on investigating fraud and corruption charges against former police intelligence head, Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli.

The first sitting of her disciplinary on 19 June was taken up with submissions on whether the hearing should be open or closed.

City Press assistant editor Adriaan Basson said at the time that both matters were of interest to the public, and if what she alleged was true it was a "very serious indictment" of the NPA.

City Press is a Media24 title with an interest in politics.

But if the NPA was correct in its case against her, it was also a serious matter, said Basson.

Breytenbach had not opposed the presence of the media but advocate William Mokhari, for the NPA, had argued there could never be a provision that internal disciplinary matters should be open.

The Breytenbach and Mdluli cases were in the Labour Court this week, with challenges to their suspensions.

Judgment in Mdluli's cases was stayed and in Breytenbach's it was reserved.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-29 23:11

    Give it to them Glynnis, SA are behind you, we want all the detail, Good Luck.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-06-30 10:11

      Yes Glynnis, I think we are all looking forward to this one. My guess is that you are up for the fight and far better prepared than they are. Best of luck. And well done Media24 for forcing the issue - let's hope media access wont be interfered with on this one.

  • Thebigguyjim - 2012-06-30 08:42

    Let the games begin. Stick it to them Glynnis. Big up.

  • roboman1 - 2012-06-30 09:31

    WTF, the President must stop his firing of value driven people with integrity, and stop hiring stooges, gangstas and puppets in the police. This chick needs to get back to work, she is great. And also Mr. Pres, you can mess with the system, but the wheels of justice will catch up with you eventually!

  • fredyvonne.dietz - 2012-07-18 17:24

    Why are whisteblowers never protected by law but always seem to get prosecuted ?????

  • Gerrie Pienaar - 2013-04-13 09:52

    Good Luck Glynnis,nail them to the board looking forward to this one

  • Hugo Venter - 2013-04-13 10:06

    The ANC fear people like Glynnis. It is people like her that will bring justice to Zumas' door too. We won't forget armsgate Zoomer, just a note.

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