NPA suspends Mdluli prosecutor

2012-04-30 11:42

Johannesburg - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Monday suspended top commercial crimes prosecutor Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach.

Breytenbach was suspended three months after the NPA served her with a notice to suspend.

She was the prosecutor in the fraud and corruption case against crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli and is understood to have pushed for the continuation of the case, that was removed from the court roll in December.

Breytenbach's lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar confirmed her suspension by acting NPA head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba on Monday, saying the official reason given by the NPA was that his client allegedly abused her powers in the Kumba fraud case.

Breytenbach denies wrongdoing

Breytenbach was the prosecutor in a case concerning the awarding of mining rights at Sishen to politically-connected Imperial Crown Trading (ICT). Kumba subsequently laid a charge of fraud against ICT, and Breytenbach was appointed as prosecutor.

ICT's directors and legal representatives subsequently complained to the NPA that Breytenbach was seen as being too close to Kumba and its legal representatives.

Breytenbach denies any wrongdoing.

Her supporters in and outside the NPA believe the Kumba complaint is a red herring and that her persistence to prosecute Mdluli led to her suspension by her bosses in the NPA.

Jiba is linked to Mdluli through an affidavit he filed in support of her when she was suspended by the NPA in 2008 after the arrest of prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

NPA confirms suspension

Mdluli claimed he had access to interceptions of telephone calls that showed Nel was being protected by the NPA.

Wagenaar said Breytenbach was still considering her options.

NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke confirmed Breytenbach's suspension. "She has been provided with reasons for her suspension after she was given more than enough time to respond.

"The next step will be an internal disciplinary hearing where all allegations will be addressed substantively."

  • Shirley - 2012-04-30 11:49

    All sounds VERY fishy!!!

      Alan - 2012-04-30 12:29

      Yep, absolutely TYPICAL ploy from this corrupt excuse of a government. 'Justice' is whatever the ANC wants it to be, which is why they are trying to mess with our Judicial system. SA deserves SO much better than this.

      Yar - 2012-04-30 12:39

      Blatant case of meddling in the affairs of an independent arm of government. I wonder if the Zuma administration actually believes that we, the public, are as stupid as they would like us to be?

      Fred - 2012-04-30 12:40

      More than fishy. Looks like Zuma is pulling out all stops to get Mdluli in as his top cop. We can only fear what he has in mind. Zuma must be the most corrupt head of state ever, leading an all-star cast of equally corrupt politicians and cronies !!!!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-30 12:47

      "suspension by acting NPA head Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba on Monday", again an acting\recently appointed person to perform a once-off dirty trick for the anc.

      Amanda - 2012-04-30 13:01

      Unfortunately JZ is the prime abuser of our judicial system, by enforcing criminals to be appointed in top jobs. From the police to judges who are his friends and who protect ALL their friends, irrespective of being guilty or not. The ripple effect it is having in all layers of our society is devastating and encourages corruption. i am just interested how long it will take for all these corrupt one's to start lobbying for Thuli Madonsela's to be suspended or removed from office because she is exposing crime and corruption?

      Armand - 2012-04-30 14:28

      Why the Hell did Mdluli and his cronies tap the phones of Nell and the NPA??? Is this Russia or SA???

  • Jandl Reevo Reeves - 2012-04-30 11:51

    Trying to cover up by the looks of.getting rid of the powers that bring justice about.not allowing the law to do its Job or the prosecuting of the bad boys for the effect of sentencing or justice in this case

  • Bryan - 2012-04-30 11:51

    The plot thickens everyday!!!! Time for the ivory tower to come a tumbling down....!!

  • revaro.winkler - 2012-04-30 11:53

    abuse of power its not the 18 th century its 2012 breytenbach

  • John - 2012-04-30 11:53

    A woman who has stood up against our ANC politicians for what is right. This is the only way they can silence her. Now to find a "ja baas" to take over Mdluli,s prosecution.

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  • Raul - 2012-04-30 11:57

    It just shows how rotten things are in SA

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-30 11:58

    Of course they suspended her, the government is very clear on who can and cannot be investigated, the top ranks of the police have already confirmed this, but of course the apathetic and ignorant citizens of South Africa are to scared or stupid to do anything about the corrupt entity that is running it into the ground.

  • Marion - 2012-04-30 11:58

    Anyone noticed Mdluli's arrogant swagger and grin? May the truth be exposed and may you be vindicated Advocate Breytenbach.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-30 12:03

    I hope Breytenbach makes the contents and outcome of her internal hearing public so that we are forced to look upon the true face of the c_ANC_er that is eating away at this country.

      anne.crewe - 2012-04-30 13:29

      Lets just pray and hope there is'nt another "assisted suicide" Be afraid South Africans be very afraid!!

  • CapeGtown - 2012-04-30 12:07

    Are we helping and protecting this woman; when individuals speak out against corruption we as a nation should stand up and make sure that this government sees the people as the government, not the other way round. South Africa needs a Egypt or Libya type event - personally, thanks to Jacob Zuma, I don't think it's too far off; Cosatu has been the ANC's saving grace.

      canibus.nelis - 2012-04-30 12:43

      Im with u,time as come n its enough now ever since zuma came to power its corruption only with ministers with diplomas n some don't even qualify for post.ITS TIME TO REBEL

      Armand - 2012-04-30 14:31

      In this case the same as the group cohesion in the E Toll saga should happen!

  • William - 2012-04-30 12:13

    Sad!!! A noble Gladiator in the vast sea of polluted corruption that is South African government!!! She was just trying to do the right thing, and now she is being victimised!!! Don't mess with Zuma's buddies, do so at your own peril!!

  • Sizwe - 2012-04-30 12:13

    Considering that corruption is claimed to be the motive for her suspension, it should stand to reason that she has nothing to hide and consequently will win the case if she really is innocent. So if she has nothing to hide let her prove it.

      Alan - 2012-04-30 12:31

      The only question is: will she be judged by proper international legal standards, or by the ANC's own idea of 'justice'? Two very different things.

  • Johan - 2012-04-30 12:18

    Skullduggery in high places.

  • James - 2012-04-30 12:29

    Somewhere - where there is smoke there is fire. Mr. Mdluli is holding some very valuable cards, close to his heart. This enables him to call the shots. You do not have to be a genius to figure out that the information and evidence he has can easily topple some very high trees. He is obviously corrupt, but protected. Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzzo - (The Godfather) seem like novices when compared to the wheeling and dealing of our esteemed government and the gears that grind within. If it was not so sad and damning to our country, it would be quite funny.

      Andrew - 2012-04-30 12:46

      Yeah he probably has the tapes that got Zuma off.

  • Gogs Lombard - 2012-04-30 12:31

    They must have reason to suspend her. Possibly to destroy all the evidence she has collected. The sooner we get rid of Showerhead and his cronies the better but I fear that he is surrounding himself with some very powerful cadres.

      James - 2012-04-30 12:47

      Is it not a case of better the devil you know... Schei├če! what do we get if they fall off the bus?

  • Gregory - 2012-04-30 12:33

    Zuma cadres have free reign to steal, murder , and abuse what ever they like. This government is a pathetic embarrassment to all.

      Gavin - 2012-04-30 13:15

      I agree, Zuma's idea for a 'gift' to the nation, is to reduce over crowding in the prisons. I'd love to track how many of his pals that get released, end up back behind bars. We all know how 'honest' - nudge nudge wink wink zuma is..

  • Saffa in Asia - 2012-04-30 12:42

    SA is screwed. How many times has this happened before? She won't get a fair hearing either, believe me

  • Andrew - 2012-04-30 12:43

    Typical of this bunch of ANC criminals. Sad the scorpions are no longer around but we all know why. To protect the terrible criminals we have in power. I hope they rot in hell.

  • Andrew - 2012-04-30 12:47

    Any bets that the ANC or the NPA will appoint a black ANC aligned replacement to stage manage the matter.

  • Gordon - 2012-04-30 12:54

    This should scare the begesus out of every South African. The rot is deep and complete.

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-30 13:13

    Government. Pheuwww. When will this end?

  • diebaba.mmotla - 2012-04-30 13:38

    go well go shell

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-04-30 13:45

    Bunch of slimeballs aren't even prepared to give the real reason. Mdluli is getting his own back, now that his frien the President organised his re-instatement! Wouldn't it be nice if they all did their job properly instead of chasing good people away because they are doing a proper job?

  • Paul - 2012-04-30 14:18

    Roll on Manguang Bloemfontein, the Zuma team is taking shape the play-off's have begun -lots more to come watch this space! Its called implosion!

  • Luvo - 2012-04-30 14:44

    Now this is one case of too many whereby people abuse their positions to victimise people they don't approve of. State institutions have been severely abused by many for the avenging of personal vendettas.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-30 14:56

    Mdluli is a murderer and he will probably be the next police commissioner. And the mindless sheep keep voting for ANC.

  • George - 2012-04-30 15:04

    Ho Ho Ho, off to the Labour Court we Go and more tax money wasted I presume.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-30 15:09

    Africa at its best hey finished and klaar.

  • Alf - 2012-04-30 16:32

    Zuma is gathering all his corrupt cronies around him! Hence the appointment of Mr. personality Mogoeng Mogoeng, the "remission of sentences", sacking of the prosecutor handling the Mdluli case. Soon we will not recognise South Africa anymore if Zuma stays on. The country will not survive it!

  • Wayne - 2012-04-30 17:29

    why does this come as no surprise? Gerrie Nel was put through a similar fiasco. It will ultimately be overturned and Mdluli will end up facing the music, albeit eventually

  • Jannie - 2012-04-30 17:59

    The Zuma MAFIA at its best!!!

  • Carl - 2012-04-30 23:19

    Here we go again not surprising! Suspend Breytenbach 'cause it's another person that "knows" too much.

  • keamogetswe.seoma - 2012-05-01 08:43

    On a serious, I hate Jacob Zuma cabinets and maybe he should marry them too, we are not stupid south africans. we tried to defend our country by being honest and they suspend but people who are natural corrupt they run this country. Ramaphosa is not innovative instead they rewarded handsomely for they struggle freedom>> Beware ANC 2019 and Zuma will never be a president for the second term watch the space

  • keamogetswe.seoma - 2012-05-01 08:43

    On a serious, I hate Jacob Zuma cabinets and maybe he should marry them too, we are not stupid south africans. we tried to defend our country by being honest and they suspend but people who are natural corrupt they run this country. Ramaphosa is not innovative instead they rewarded handsomely for they struggle freedom>> Beware ANC 2019 and Zuma will never be a president for the second term watch the space

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