Prosecutor 'refused to stop probe'

2012-02-03 09:12

Johannesburg - Many questions surround the suspension of senior prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Eyewitness News reported that the NPA refused to discuss the suspension of Breytenbach, who was responsible for several high-profile cases against prominent people, saying it was an “internal matter”.

Beeld published a report speculating whether Breytenbach’s suspension had anything to do with her refusal to quit a politically sensitive fraud case.

Breytenbach was apparently investigating a fraud case based on information that had come to light in a civil case in the North Gauteng High Court between Kumba and Imperial Crown Trading (ICT).

ICT had been awarded prospecting rights in Kumba’s Sishen mine but a court found in December that it did not have the right to have these.

Breytenbach was investigating a criminal charge of fraud that Kumba had laid over a year ago against ICT, involving possibly forged title deeds used by ICT in their application for mineral rights in Sishen, the country’s largest iron ore mine.

President Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, has links to ICT.

When Breytenbach refused to quit her investigation, a charge was laid against her, which amounted to “misuse of power” claimed a source in legal circles.

She had until Tuesday to provide reasons against her suspension.

According to acquaintances, Breytenbach was the kind of person who did not allow herself to be intimidated.

  • Willie - 2012-02-03 09:17

    "...refusal to quit a politically sensitive fraud case..." which means some people are above the law as long as the are PEP(politicaly exposed person)

      Albert - 2012-02-03 09:25

      Sing Breytenbach,and sing loud,so we all can hear.

      Fred - 2012-02-03 09:42

      What does my crystal ball tell me ??? Oh, yes, another crony or relative will get off corruption charges, because Glynnis Breytenbach will be fired before she can expose them. The ANC fatcats win again with corruption rife from the president and his family down to their buddies being protected from exposure and prosecution. How can the "sheeple" not understand that lack of service delivery stems from this corruption, but come next election they will still vote ANC. How dumb !!!!

      Jeeves - 2012-02-03 10:35

      I think we stopped having an excuse to blame apartheid five years ago already, now it's just the old fashioned uber rich writing their own laws. The only color prejudice that exists now is whether you are in the green ten rand club or the wad of pinks, purples and whatever comes next!

      Erich - 2012-02-03 10:56

      First Willie Hofmeyr, now adv Breytenbach. Who is next? Gerrie Nel, Saais van Zyl and others from the old school who fight for their convictions? There can't be much more prosecutors left who will not allow themselves to be intimidated. Sad, sad, sad and sad! The ghost of Menzies Simelane is awell and live and living in the NPA's quarters. Spill the beans at your hearing adv Bretyenbach, a better job is awaiting you in the private sector.

      Spyker - 2012-02-03 11:01

      The ANC's 'Reign-of-Fraud', started shortly after '94, but really gained momentum in '98. When the 'House-of-Cards' tumble - and it will - it will crack open the ANC's criminal lineage back to Mbeki and possibly even back to those involved with CODESA. This thing is "BIG" beyond our wildest imaginations. Herein though, hides the bona fide threat to you and I - it may well be so big that some- or a group of individuals may be prepared, to sacrifice the whole of SA, to 'save' themselves. E.g. we could find ourselves in a situation where a corrupt government is the least of our worries (a scary prospect, but nonetheless conceivable)... I suspect the de facto worth of our 'Constitution', will be tested a few times, in the next few years. Breytenbach should (and probably will) proceed with an 'Unfair Dismissal Case'. This will hopefully allow the content of her 'investigation' to be brought into the public domain. In the interim - we must fight the proposed 'Access to Information Bill' with everything at our disposal. Some suggest that it is intended to (inter alia) protect a few at the top. In conclusion - I have another question: WHAT IS HAPPENING ABOUT THULI MADONSELA's INVESTIGATION INTO JULIUS MALEMA's AFFAIRS..? I do not care if he is where he belongs - viz 'nowhere' - I still want to know what is happening..?

      Erich - 2012-02-03 11:22

      Correction 'awell and live' should read 'alive and well'. Old age is to be blamed!

      John - 2012-02-03 18:59

      Viva Glynnis Breytenbach, Viva! Sing Breytenbach,and sing loud,so we all can hear.

      John - 2012-02-03 19:07

      Dear Glynnis Breytenbach: If you do get fired there is a case where bribery has already been proven, and will be a chance to strike back at the backers of the machine gunner!

  • procold2 - 2012-02-03 09:18

    if this is true how will it ever be proved, some corrupt official will investigate and say there was never a case,

      Albert - 2012-02-03 09:23

      I thought we could trust the super NPA lady.She has been very quiet lately.Maybe somebody got to her.Will these struggle gangsters ever be caught out?pres included.

  • Gustaf - 2012-02-03 09:20

    If you are a Cadre you are Royal Game! Immune, unless of course there is political will involved. We have become frog sin a pot about the impotency of the "AINT NO CONSEQUENCE" party.

  • Ian - 2012-02-03 09:21

    eish you are not allowed to investigate the eh en see, why do you think they got rid of the scorpions who were bringing them all down, stinking corrupt scum, now all we have are the fairies who run away when any anc politicion goes boo

  • PointBlank - 2012-02-03 09:22

    This stinks of something really, really fishy.. And the corruption continues, snouts in the trough, fingers in the cookie jar, a few getting fatter and fatter..

      Ian - 2012-02-03 10:14

      and the fish is really really rotten

      Patsy - 2012-02-03 13:45

      Literally, PointBlank. I have never see so many really FAT people clad in very expensive clothes. I'm also sickened at the numbers of really thin and undernourished folk who, so desperately, need help, food, jobs and so on. May those on the gravy train ROT!

  • Max - 2012-02-03 09:24

    Glynnis Breytenbach you have earned my respect!

  • christian.helberg - 2012-02-03 09:25

    'a charge was laid against her, which amounted to “misuse of power”'?????

      Gordon - 2012-02-03 09:33

      aka - "doing her job"

      Patsy - 2012-02-03 13:46

      Excuse my language, but what utter CRAP!!! Misuse of power, indeed!!

  • chiepner - 2012-02-03 09:29

    Yes some people are above the law. Thousands of workers from the now defunct Aurora mines gambles with starvation while the fat cats who drive the fancy cars just still carries on with their criminal activities at the expence of the common people in South Africa just because they have special links to ANC officials - and on another more laughable note - see Gauteng has opened up a service delivery hotline - just thinking more money getting poured into a useless "hotline" and what happens to all those other "hotlines" thats apparently working but never being awnserd? Wonder which "cadre" has got a slice in the new "hotline"?

  • TheWatcher - 2012-02-03 09:31

    So Glynnis is being fired for doing her job even though she was told not to?

  • Marius Koen - 2012-02-03 09:31

    This lady has got balls.

  • Robsschele - 2012-02-03 09:31

    Get Madonsela a car and send her to investigate.

      Moeketsi - 2012-02-03 10:22

      it went for repairs, after her son allegedly crashed it

  • Paulo - 2012-02-03 09:33

    one law for antoher law for the other-do you think they see teh hipocracy in all this-i doubt it.

  • Gavin - 2012-02-03 09:34

    Wow, this sounds like what Zuma did to the Scorpions to stop them digging through his dirty laundry.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-02-03 09:34

    you go girl,and sing like a canary on are not a sellout and walk tall.

  • Irene - 2012-02-03 09:35

    Madonsela and Breytenbach - ANC corruption busters - give them both a bells!

      Garth - 2012-02-03 10:54

      The `thumb down' troll's boss obviously returned at 10h35.

  • Joe - 2012-02-03 09:40

    You can't discriminate against Duduzane Zuma. If the law doesn't apply to winnie mandela, why should it apply to Zuma? He has equal rights to disregard the laws of the land, and heaven help anyone who tries to prove otherwise. Laws only apply to weak citizens, not powerful politicians.

      MSGRule - 2012-02-03 09:50

      the father does it and everyone else.

  • Leon - 2012-02-03 09:47

    If only our whole government could have the same principles.

  • MSGRule - 2012-02-03 09:49

    Wow it is starting to look very much like the way Nigeria does business here in South Africa. How are we going to get rid of these criminal fat cat peeeeeeeeeeeegs?????

      MSGRule - 2012-02-03 09:56

      Washing eachother backs, not giving only taking. Cant do business unless you get something. Sick situation we are in.

      StarStruck - 2012-02-03 11:00

      Well at least we are not blinded by the facts, yet... This ANC must think we are all so dumb. All of them will need bodyguards by the end of this term. Time to saddle up and fight back.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-03 09:54

    Wouldn't surprise me in the least, if doesn't even rank as a new low for the ANC, and simply confirms what we already know, that the ANC will not relinquish their death grip on power under any circumstances.

  • Ruan - 2012-02-03 09:55

    Glynnis you should share all you have with the public and corruption watch!

  • VoiceOfReason - 2012-02-03 10:00

    Us the people need to ask the Public Protectorate to investigate the matter because if it's been done to cover up then the NPA has broken a few too many laws.

  • Hloni Mashigo - 2012-02-03 10:02

    Pathetic, absolutely pathetic. Zuma's administration has been the most corrupt by far. What makes my blood boil more is that he and his cronies aren't even hiding their corrupt practices, they drive around in expensive cars, dress expensive clothes and have marriages in exotic resorts at poor peoples expense. This is not the same a.n.c my grandad used to tell me about, how shamefull.

      Garth - 2012-02-03 11:03

      SO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! It is no good for our country, that 90% of the words of discontent with the useless anc on these forums, are delivered by `white fingers'. The discontent of the white matters not one whit to the anc. The black fingers in our society must begin to realise that the only way to get SA out of the cesspool is to STOP VOTING ANC! If you do not want to vote for the DA because it reminds you, erroneously I might add, of the nats and apartheid, then JUST DO NOT VOTE! Every vote that the useless, useless, thieving anc does not receive, is another vote of progress against the crippling corruption that is killing SA.

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  • Jannie - 2012-02-03 10:15

    She is exposing "ROYAL GAME" did you expect any other actions fron the ANC controlled NPA

  • Barry - 2012-02-03 10:15


  • Patrick - 2012-02-03 10:17

    Voters of all creeds and colour. Unite against this corruption infested ANC and vote the self serving thieves OUT! They are not putting the interests of ordinary citizens first BUT HELL BENT ON SELF ENRICHMENT! It's time to vote in a party that delivers for all S.A.s.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-02-03 10:17

    I know some people that can make this all go away.....but they cost alot of money. Shal we start a "get-rid-of-corrupt-politicians-trust"?

  • Lordwick - 2012-02-03 10:20

    Take down the entier Zoooormmarererrr,i am sick and tired of this man and corrupt anc.The same dududzane has only diploma in IT!!!what a heck is this democrazy? Anc must just put it straight that they are looting this country for the only reason that they were in exile and some in prison in the time of struggle to loot this country as they are presently doing.

  • richard.barnard2 - 2012-02-03 10:23

    But the uneducated masses will vote for them again......

  • Chrono - 2012-02-03 10:27

    Another instance where the judicial system is manipulated. Any doubts that the guts to pull this kind of stunt stems from the examples set by our president?

  • siyat.bonanza - 2012-02-03 10:32

    Guys can we stop moaning and do something about this? A bottle of Bells up for grabs. Come up with a strategy to educate the illiterate ppl in townships and rural areas about what the a and c is doing in our country. Believe me, these blacks that you say are dumb, they can change if they see the facts

  • Phumi - 2012-02-03 10:33

    Her suspension was long over due! I have said it before that this Deputy director of public prosecutions Glynnis Breytenbach is behaving like Jessica Fletcher of Murder She Wrote and a law onto her own self. We are not sure whose interests that she was serving! Furthermore people who do not tow the line must be removed from the system if they do not follow the mandate of the executives. She still has the tendency of the Scorpions and still long for the heydays of behaving like a celebrity prosecuter!

      Patrick - 2012-02-03 10:37

      Phumi, you give a whole new meaning to the word "moron".

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 10:44

      there is more to this than meets the eye,again let us allow the case to unravel @Patrick why did you have to insult her?disagree yes but dont insult

      Jacqui - 2012-02-03 10:59

      This must be a really happy day for you then.

      Garth - 2012-02-03 11:14

      @hugo-girl - And here I was thinking that Sphutum was male. @sphutum - Anyway, if you are an unbiased, intelligent, non-bigoted, non-racially-polarised, integrous human being, I will eat my stinking leather hat.

      Reinette - 2012-02-03 11:50

      FB shows that Pumi is a Julius fan with traditionalist views and hates women!!! So in short, he’s a bigot!! Sjame!! Poor Pumi

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 14:48

      Garth, hugo-girl??? Are you sexist Garth?

  • SARealist - 2012-02-03 10:36

    Something FISHY? Are we not all equal in the eyes of the law? But hopefully her [Breytenbach] principles will be of the highest standard and the truth will eventually come out a court. Even if it ends up only in the Labour Court. Just a thought!

  • Hugo - 2012-02-03 10:39

    lets wait and see

      Patrick - 2012-02-03 11:09

      @Hugo. So you are offended that instead of insulting Phumi I should have merely disagreed with her? Odd that you failed to notice how Phumi insults Glynnis Breytenbach? Selective criticism, would'nt you7 say?

      mike.clery - 2012-02-03 11:55

      "Wait and see" is what the corrupt rely on - that the public will lose interest in the long, drawn out process. And do you REALLY believe that if the NPA had a case against her (other than refusing to back off from the "protected") that they wouldn't have ensured that was "leaked"?

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 14:41

      @Patrick I am not offended by you or anyone else.Pumi alleged that Breytenbach was 'abusing her power',cant see the insult here,just an allegation that may or may not be substantiated You then called her/him a moron However that does not offend me, I have lived in this country for too long.

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 14:46

      mike.clery. I am going to say this one more time.Racial insinuations do not bother me at all.

      mike.clery - 2012-02-03 15:21

      "Racial insinuations"? Huh? Where did you suck THAT from?

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 16:15

      @mike bah!!!

      mike.clery - 2012-02-03 17:34

      I think you need to change the colour of the lenses in your glasses, or are you one of those people who seem to find "racial insinuations" in every comment, and everything that happens around you?

  • Mark - 2012-02-03 10:40

    Sounds like our Glynnis Breytenbach is incorruptable. How inconvenient for the prosecuting authority.

      Hugo - 2012-02-03 10:46

      that is what it sounds like but is that really the case

  • Kogie - 2012-02-03 10:44

    fraud and corruption. whats new? the prseidents son is involved, show some respect!very soon the prosecutor will be called a racist.there is no law in this country., so whats there to break?

  • Peter - 2012-02-03 10:45

    Any one that dose a good job or hard work is always fired because they show up the others there are 100's of examples even down to small jobs.

  • wbswanepoel - 2012-02-03 10:45

    Doesn't the government work for us - the people of this country or have we all forgotten that we pay their salaries and their lavish lifestyles..... no one is accountable just us when we check out our bank balance at the end of every month and there is nothing to count.....

  • Johan - 2012-02-03 10:50

    we need more people like her and Tumi Madonsela ... ladies you MUST persevere ... we depend on the likes of you to keep governance outside party lines ...

      wbswanepoel - 2012-02-03 10:57

      Unfortunately whistleblowers always end up with the short stick. Show me anywhere in history where the whistleblowers do not come off second best. Eventually people just throw in the towel, then you get the saying, "good always overcomes evil" what bull. Our country and the rest of Africa is proof that without the good people this country would be a s^&*t hole - but those good people are fed up. I think the clever people of this country need to vote with their heads!!! I feel the racial issues in the country is rearing it's ugly head again.... Why can't the government just do their job properly and with ethics, morals and the right way........ Then us folks could be watching a movie or something instead of reading news24 comments....

      Garth - 2012-02-03 11:25

      @wbswanepoel - Elliot Ness. `There's no stopping a man who knows that he is in the right!' `Never give up! Never stop fighting the good fight!'

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-03 10:54

    Oh dear, scratching in important people's chicken coops, gives you more than smelly fingers. Some people are so far above the law, ask Duduzane, he knows. Some days I wish this country would drown in the incompetent, corrupt quagmire it had turned into.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-03 11:01

    This is the tip of the iceberg. We just dont get to hear about the others! The best thing she can do is tell all because either way her career is finished so take them down with you!!!! And the fact that they have absolutely NO SHAME tells us that they know they can get away with it!

  • Mark - 2012-02-03 11:20

    I think it is time to start forming the South Africa Committee of Vigilance along the same lines as the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance. They were very successful and seems that maybe this is the only action that the so called Fat cats will understand...altogether now.."I'm mad as hell and not going to take it anymore"....

      Patsy - 2012-02-03 14:14

      I'll join this committee, for sure. I'm tired of seeing all the suffering people out there - All so terribly badly of purely because of the greed of the few

  • Lionel - 2012-02-03 12:01

    The Zumafia's at it again.

  • Andre - 2012-02-03 13:11

    With a conviction rate of 90% you don't want her against you. Hahahaha!

  • Patsy - 2012-02-03 13:38

    What about a petition to His Lordship, Zuma and his cronies. We must surely Be allowed to have 1 or 2 honest people working against corruption?

  • Andre - 2012-02-03 15:57

    Her conviction rate of 90% makes her too successful for comfort. They don't like it at all!

  • Adrian - 2012-02-03 21:38

    A.N.C. - All Now Corrupt!!!

  • Zebelon - 2012-02-03 22:25

    Politically chosen and appointed officials in Justice circles indirectly remove any notion that the judiciary is independent; the politically controlled personnel run the show.

  • hannesw1 - 2012-02-04 07:44

    I went through a similar situation be it on a much lesser scale when I complained about corrupt metro cops illegally impounding cars about two years ago. I had to embark onto the labour court to get them (employer)off my back. I'm sure the learned advocate knows all these avenues...

  • Gail - 2012-02-04 09:06

    Perhaps we should use the term"passed through the smoke at birth" to describe all the corrupt politicians. I have heard that it is a highly offensive thing to say of someone from the white clan. All those fat politico's and my word is that one involved in the Aurora mines the size of an elephant were passed through the smoke at birth and either do not remember what they did or don't know what they did deliberately.