Breytenbach 'threatened court action'

2012-05-02 10:18

Johannesburg - A week before her suspension, prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach threatened to challenge in court a decision not to prosecute crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Breytenbach threatened to take the decision to court for a review if the National Prosecuting Authority did not reconsider its decision not to prosecute Mdluli.

Breytenbach said this in a memorandum to acting NPA chief Nomgcobo Jiba on April 24. Her lawyer, Gerhard Wagenaar, confirmed this to Beeld.

In the memo, she reportedly insisted there was a prima facie case of fraud and corruption against Mdluli. She asked Jiba to ask Lawrence Mrwebi, the director of specialised commercial crimes, to review the decision to withdraw the case against Mdluli.

Otherwise, Breytenbach reportedly said she would not hesitate to take the decision to court.

Her letter of suspension, dated April 23, was only served on her on Monday. The NPA said the charges "relate to her conduct in handling one of the cases allocated to her".

Shot at

On Tuesday, Beeld reported that Breytenbach, regional head of the NPA in Gauteng's specialised commercial crime unit, said she was shot at on April 11 on the N14 highway near an offramp. On April 25 two BMW motorbikes tried to force her off the road while she was on her way to a gym in Centurion.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela confirmed Breytenbach reported the shooting immediately after it took place.

According to reports, Breytenbach was responsible for, among other cases, the fraud case against Mdluli.

The NPA said at the time there was no link between Breytenbach's suspension and Mdluli.

City Press reported in March that the allegations against Mdluli include defrauding crime intelligence to buy two new BMWs for him and his wife; appointing several family members as secret agents, and the unauthorised use of safe houses for his personal benefit.

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela last week declined probing allegations of abuse of state funds against Mdluli, saying the matter was being looked at by the Inspector General of Intelligence.

Murder inquest

Mdluli is also involved in an inquest into the murder of his former lover's husband, Oupa Ramogibe.

Criminal charges relating to Ramogibe's 1999 murder were recently withdrawn against Mdluli, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, and Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi.

The initial charges against Mdluli are intimidation, kidnapping, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit murder.

At the time of Ramogibe's killing, Mdluli was branch commander of the Vosloorus police station.

Mdluli is believed to be the front-runner to replace General Bheki Cele as police chief. Cele has been suspended pending the outcome of an inquiry into alleged misconduct relating to two lease agreements for new police headquarters in Pretoria and Durban.

  • Smile - 2012-05-02 10:26

    Richard Mdluli is a pals with Zuma... he is a member of the ANC... guilty by association. He is obviously trying to cover something up. And "they" are obviously trying to intimidate Breytenbach ... This is a disguting abuse of power. DOWN WITH CRIME! DOWN WITH THE ANC! VOTE DA!

      Bryan - 2012-05-02 10:51

      Our government are under the scruiteness microscope by the international community and situations like this need to be dealt with in a responsible and timeous manner. Unfortunately, the banana republic intelligenge displayed in dealing with issues such as these are causing the downfall of our beautiful land!!How can the ANC expect to be taken seriously on the world stage when corruption and criminal activity continue to be the order of the day? Sickness can be cured.., unfortunately stupidity cannot..!!!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-02 10:56

      Make her the Commissioner of Police...

      Tumelo - 2012-05-02 11:00

      Heita smile!

      Arthur - 2012-05-02 11:14

      For as long as Zuma is president of SA, we are on the road to ruin! He is seriously tarnished and he does nothing to rescue his reputation.

      Gert - 2012-05-02 12:15

      Yes Brian-and for us here it is like watching soap operas (tragic ones) I think of a title ---The bald and the beautiful. It will probably last just as long as the Bold and the beautiful.

      Carlos - 2012-05-02 13:19

      What frightens me is the arrogance shown by the both the ANC politicians and Departmental heads, ranging from the Shower Head, to the Police, Justice and Transport Departments. The SANRAL e-tolling and Mdluli cases ilustrate this arrogance - they feel they can do whatever they want without taking into account the will of the people and rule of law....and they claim that we have a democracy!

  • Johan - 2012-05-02 10:30

    A strange world we live in. They should realize though that the truth always comes back to bite them in the back at the least expected moment.

      Tumelo - 2012-05-02 12:57

      Strange is the new normal! Sure its gonna bite them in tha ass!

  • Anakin - 2012-05-02 10:31

    >>> "A week before her suspension, prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach reportedly threatened to go to court to challenge a decision not to prosecute crime [ ] boss Richard Mdluli"

      Sharon - 2012-05-02 11:19

      And look what she got for her efforts: Suspended and now two attempts on her life. Shows EXACTLY where South Africa is heading..

  • Thoka - 2012-05-02 10:31

    Go after them Mrs Prosecutor. once they are exposed they shall die and follow fellow comrade. they must take those secret funds and pay off eTolls

      Joan - 2012-05-02 10:35

      The question we should ask is, where does all the taxe payers' money go to every year? We were told that the huge fuel levy per litre is there for road maintenance. Our money is going somewhere, and it's not to our people ...

      Deon - 2012-05-02 10:49

      She can not as she is suspended.

      Fussed - 2012-05-02 10:50

      Thoka - 2012-05-02 10:57

      @JoanGrace. its going straight to Zumpta and associates.

  • Joan - 2012-05-02 10:33

    South Africa is sounding more and more like a communist state where people who speak out are targeted by government forces ...

  • Tumelo - 2012-05-02 10:33


  • Andrew - 2012-05-02 10:39

    This is corruption at its very worst. Where does it all start but with our criminal president who is trying to make sure he cannot be prosecuted and secure a second term so he can continue the pillaging of SA resourses for personal gain. This type of behaviour deserves the death penalty.

      Glyn - 2012-05-02 10:59

      It is treason!!

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-05-02 10:40

    what comes around goes around be more like us and keep your big mouth shut when it comes to these people that has so much money no mater what you do can change anything welcome to the jungle

  • downsideforsure - 2012-05-02 10:50

    Go woman go!! It is the likes of you who are busy trying to save this country from being destroyed by corruption at the highest level of government. If there could be a handful more like you in influential positions, South Africa's democracy will be assured. You are fighting for the future and welfare of 50 million people, and many either don't know it or will deny that.

  • Deon - 2012-05-02 10:54

    Mduli must have some stuff on Mr Zuma.

      Tumelo - 2012-05-02 17:10


  • Johan - 2012-05-02 10:56

    what a shocking abuse of power ... not surprising though, given the names concerned ... my personl experience as a victim of fraud is that the npa have absolutely no power or will, for whatever unknown reasons, to bring open-and-shut cases to book ... corrupt, spineless bastards ... ms breytrenbach MUST continue the fight ... i am certain she will ... well done, but watch your back ... they are very dangerous enemies ...

      Gert - 2012-05-02 12:09

      If they are enemies of what is right and the truth, then they are enemies of SA and the constitution and then how come they are in those positions.? There will be a black leader like a Mandele that will stand up and confront the anc and will take the power away from them and he will rule in a democratic and just way---Or are you going to tell me to get of my prescription drugs and go to another doctor???

  • Glyn - 2012-05-02 10:56

    Vote DA and get rid of this corrupt scum!

  • Glyn - 2012-05-02 10:57

    If we do not get the SKA we all know the reason why! The anc did it!

  • Mike - 2012-05-02 11:07

    why did news 24 take my comment off here. Who the hell are they ? this is an open debate chanel. because I mention the word "darkie" - idiots

      Smile - 2012-05-02 11:48

      Mike- You really sound like a bigoted old man.

      Smile - 2012-05-02 11:58

      @ Mike... you are posting in the wrong place... Also I am not saying this comment alone makes you a bigot... Put all you comments together, then hear what you sound like.

  • Rob - 2012-05-02 11:08

    ...and they want to restrict freedom and access to information!!!!!!! Go figure!

      Mike - 2012-05-02 11:53

      @smile - what has an bigoted old man go to do with that news24 take my comment off because i mention the word "darkie" . are they not dark? they are not light skinned? so what is your problem- whatever

  • Andre - 2012-05-02 11:31

    Replace scum with even bigger scum.

  • Ronald - 2012-05-02 11:35

    Typical Mafia tactics. If this case is allowed to go further, Mdluli's true colour will be splashed out in public. He believes himself untouchable, and the Intelligence Services are his domain to do what he wants. Typical warlord syndrome.

  • Mike - 2012-05-02 11:37

    news24 - you the same as Zuma - fu??ked up

      Gert - 2012-05-02 12:27

      Yes Mike they have also fallen to the anc lust of control and they must answer to the anc- they made free speech more difficult but don't blame them-they also want to survive and keep on paying their staff. They were threatened for sure as to keep a lid on free speech.

  • Mike - 2012-05-02 11:43

    you will never get rid of the anc, there are 49m of these clever people who dont understand jack sh?t about anything, what is happening in S.A. , the economy, the taxes we pay to name a few, paye, vat, tax on drinking, tax on smoking, tax on toll roads, tax on eating, tax on death, tax on hunting, tax on retirement savings, , tax on interest received from the bank,tax on water, tax on electricity, tax on sewerage, tax on petrol, which these 49m dont pay or understand . So how can a few take on 49m with no understanding - difficult

  • Gert - 2012-05-02 12:00

    Maybe Afriforum can come to the rescue again -- If this is the way this problem was "solved" then he seems to be guilty for sure and MRwebi has a lot to explain.

  • Carry - 2012-05-02 12:05


      Gert - 2012-05-02 12:39

      Zuma dare not appoint a clean one--the crime boss may have to come after him one day depending on truths of the past seeing the light.

      CliveK - 2012-05-02 13:43

      Maybe Zuma's thinking (ha ha)is that it takes a criminal to catch a criminal! Just kidding - this man is dangerous.

  • Greg - 2012-05-02 12:07

    If they put the tosser Mdluli in Cele's position it will add credence to the saying "It takes one crook to catch another crook".

  • Carry - 2012-05-02 12:07


  • Pieter Mulder - 2012-05-02 12:13

    Blind leads the blind in this country. Every case is a cover up one or the other way.

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