Breytenbach relieved after being cleared

2013-05-27 12:27
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Breytenbach cleared of all charges

Suspended NPA senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is not guilty on one of the 15 charges against her. See pictures from her extensive trial.

Pretoria - Suspended NPA senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach says she is relieved after being found not guilty on all 15 charges against her at her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on Monday.

"The guilt of the employee on this plethora of charges has not been established," the hearing's chairperson, Selby Mbenenge SC, said.

She was not guilty on any of the main or alternative charges.

After hearing the finding, Breytenbach hugged her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar. He then read out a statement by Breytenbach in which she thanked everyone for their support.

"I am relieved that the chairperson saw the lack of justification in the charges laid against me."

In the statement she said she intended returning to work if allowed to.

Charges

A core charge against the anti-graft prosecutor included failing to act impartially when investigating the Kumba Iron Ore/Sishen and Imperial Crown Trading mining rights issue, because of her “improper relations” with Sishen's lawyer Mike Hellens.

Other charges include "surreptitiously leaking" National Prosecuting Authority inside information to Beeld journalist Sonja Carstens, and giving her official NPA laptop to her lawyer. The NPA has also charged Breytenbach for "maligning" the organisation in the media.

Breytenbach was suspended from the NPA on 30 April 2012. She has claimed acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba suspended her to stop her from prosecuting former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli on fraud and other charges.

In March a parallel arbitration hearing at the Public Service Bargaining Council, in Centurion, found Breytenbach's suspension was both procedurally and substantively fair.

Her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said it was still being considered whether to review or appeal the arbitration hearing decision.

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