NPA witness contradicts colleague

2012-08-06 14:59

Pretoria - An NPA official testifying at suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing on Monday contradicted evidence given by a colleague about a computer server crashing.

National Prosecuting Authority systems administrator Eudele Swart said there had been no problems with the NPA's regional servers.

This included the server to which Breytenbach's laptop backed up data.

Earlier in the hearing, the acting senior manager of the NPA's integrity management unit, Hercules Wasserman, testified he needed access to Breytenbach's laptop, as the server had crashed.

Wasserman said he was unable to see the content of the files deleted from the laptop by checking backups on the server.

Swart said there had been a crash at the NPA head office, but as regional offices were not affected, it had always been possible to access Breytenbach's deleted files.

He said he was asked for the first time to restore the deleted files on July 26 - the fourth day of the disciplinary hearing.

Among the charges Breytenbach faces are gross insubordination and improper conduct for allegedly not handing her work laptop to the NPA, and for having information on it deleted.

Earlier on Monday, Swart told the hearing at the NPA's offices in Silverton, Pretoria, that he went to Breytenbach's office on April 30 to back up her laptop.

This was the day she was suspended as regional head of the NPA's specialised commercial crime unit.

Swart found Breytenbach's "forensics guy", Philip Otto, at the office already making a duplicate of Breytenbach's hard drive. Swart said Breytenbach did not offer to give him a copy of the hard drive.

Earlier in the hearing, Breytenbach's counsel, Wim Trengove SC, suggested she had offered NPA officials a copy of the hard drive.

Swart said Otto took the laptop back to his office to delete Breytenbach's photographs and other personal data.

Breytenbach has pleaded not guilty to 16 charges. She has contended that acting national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, suspended her in an attempt to stop her from prosecuting former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli on fraud and other charges.

The hearing continues with the NPA's fourth witness, Jaco Venter, a computer forensics expert contracted by the NPA to analyse files deleted from Breytenbach's laptop.

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-08-06 15:07

    I think the more witnesses the more contradictions will follow.

      blignault.michaele - 2012-08-06 15:17

      Somehow they are looking for a scapegoat!!

      Erna - 2012-08-06 15:49

      This is what happens when you lie!

  • Koos - 2012-08-06 15:12

    So just show the files that was recovered and what was in them already. It's not that hard. The more you listen to this the more you realize it is all BS!

      Erna - 2012-08-06 15:46

      Didn't Wasserman testify that they couldn't tell what was on the deleted files?

  • - 2012-08-06 15:22

    Can anyone say: Smoke Screen? Cover Up? Fall Guy? Misdirection? Scapegoat?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-06 15:58

      Its about time people woke up to this fact, its all BS you dont have to be an IT expert to know they are trying to hide something

  • hakuna.jina - 2012-08-06 15:23

    There seems to be no integrity or responsible sense of purpose in the NPA. It is just power games, manipulation, distortion and lies and deceit. How can we trust these people to bring honest cases against members of the public? Are they actually trying to enforce the law, or do they have other hidden objectives and agendas? Even one of their own is not safe from the devious plotting that is going on.

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-08-06 16:19

    They should try this. It works for me! I can't see the NPA using anything complicated such as IBM MVS. They'd find Linux a challenge.

  • shamiel.mathews - 2012-08-06 17:03

    I firmly believe a case like this is a smokescreen to detract focus off other real issues. While we are reading and commenting on this....the corruption continues in other areas.

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