Questions unanswered over NPA prosecutor - DA

2012-04-30 22:19

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance said on Monday that important questions relating to the suspension of the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) corruption prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach remained unanswered.

Breytenbach, who heads the NPA's specialised commercial crimes unit in Pretoria, was issued issued with a letter of suspension on Monday after receiving a notice of intention to suspend her in February.

According to reports, Breytenbach was responsible for the NPA's arms deal probe and the fraud case against crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

"The suspension has been widely interpreted as intimidation of a prosecutor who insists on doing her work without fear or favour and who resisted the dropping of fraud charges against crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli," DA MP Dene Smuts said in a statement.

Smuts said the DA had asked acting National Director of Public Prosecutions, advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, during a portfolio committee on justice meeting on17 April, if the threat of suspension was not an attempt to intimidate Breytenbach and if she had been told to drop the fraud charges against Mdluli.

Jiba told the committee that there had never been any instructions or any political pressure. She also said that she did not know where the link between the Mdluli fraud case and Breytenbach’s proposed suspension came from, said Smuts.

The NPA also claimed there was no link between Breytenbach's suspension and Mdluli

"We dismiss those insinuations as baseless," spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said.

Mhaga said the charges related to her conduct in handling one of the cases allocated to her," NPA spokesperson.

"We will exercise restraint in commenting on this matter in view of legal implications in labour issues."

He said all the charges would be dealt with in a disciplinary hearing.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-30 22:29

    Nothing to answer. It's a obvious ploy to protect their murdering , thieving , corrupt cadre.

      merkwaardig - 2012-05-01 07:06

      Are the people in the ANC proud of themselves, do you think? Do they think that what they are doing is right and good? Or is this simply the continued behaviour or murderous psychopaths who escaped prosecution via a legal loophole in history?

      roboman1 - 2012-05-01 07:51

      I agree Gregory. In fact I personally know someone who works for SARS who reported corruption to her superior, (cadre deployed), and was suspended!

  • Smile - 2012-04-30 22:30

    What? You ANC scum have tried to murder her!! You should be hung, this reeks of ANC bully tactics!!! VIVA DA!!! NAIL THE B&STARDS TO THE WALL!

      Alf - 2012-05-01 16:52

      Maybe Mdluli has another ex-wife or girlfriend he needs to push into a job and wants to try the NPA! "Extramural activities" can be quite costly unless you find a way to make the tax payer foot the bill!

  • Eduard Marais - 2012-04-30 22:47

    while in the name changing dept they are very excited with finally coming up with a new name for SA, it is Banania (short for banana republic)

  • Romeo - 2012-04-30 22:48

    Zuma and anc at their best

  • Atholl - 2012-04-30 23:07

    The issue could be summarized by the following question ::-: 'Would this (improper) situation (intimidation/political influence etc) have evolved if Vusi Pikoli was still the National Director of Public Prosecutions ?' .... which leads to the next question ::-: 'If the attempt to remove Glynnis Breytenbach is successful - who is lined up (chosen) to take this position and which other (improper) situation will develop in the future ?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-01 00:02

      I think your last sentence should read: so that some improper occurrence may take place in the future ... Don't you think? :p

  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-04-30 23:25

    @mtizozo at least the fight for whats right not for what is wrong and dumb and evil and corrupt you anc loving nimrod but vote anc its in your nature but change will come it always do

      Keith - 2012-05-01 06:25

      Change? For the worse, I fear. Something like Sisulu or Malema!

  • Mzuvukile - 2012-04-30 23:50

    As readers of News24, we deserve explanation as to why News24 has closed comments on Shiceka's death. Has there been a breach of terms and regulations if so which. As much as I am not in pleased by some of the comments made on this story , I personally think that the reader's views are unjustifiable suppressed on this matter. The onus is on News 24, to prove me wrong by indicating the terms and conditions that were breach.

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 00:30

      Because no one had any thing nice to say about him!

      Smile - 2012-05-01 10:38

      I had something nice to say!!! They deleted my comment :( NEWS24 what is wrong with you?

  • Ken - 2012-04-30 23:53

    Just another day in Africa!.... and there's SFA you can do about it!....blow the candle out when you leave!

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 00:31

      Why waste energy blowing out the candle it will burn out anyway.

      Keith - 2012-05-01 06:27

      If you could even afford the candle.

  • Carry - 2012-05-01 05:54


      Mark McDonogh - 2012-05-01 07:08

      We should not be surprised that since the ANC has come to power that things are the way they are! Every day we hear the same thing. Tomorrow we will hear of more corruption, lies, thievery, nepotism, jobs for friends etc.,. The next day will be the same. How about the NHI issues. Ask yourself the question: if the same things keep happening there must be a common cause! The common cause is not political or racial or poverty. The cause is deeper! The cause is spiritual. Spiritually dead people cannot do anything intrinsically good because their nature is only to do evil with self at the centre of the whirlwind. We need to understand thay

      Mark McDonogh - 2012-05-01 07:26

      Further to my comment on the root problem. The solution implies that spiritual life has to take place. It is this that enables accountability, transparency, justice mercy and peace. It is God who enables this and it is this fact that reveals that the solution lies within the church in South Africa. The message of Jesus is that He is able to change the leopards spots. Only He is able to give spiritual life. When that happens people desire to do good because their intrinsic nature is changed. Jesus clearly taught that unless people repent(turn from evil) and believe that He is God as He proved, people would die in their sins (spiritual death). Come on Church! Preach the good news of the Gospel. Spiritual life is available and it is thought every believer in Jesus to tell the truth to a dying South Africa that without coming to spiritual life in Jesus the country remains as puppets with the strings in the devil' hands. South Africa is dying and the speed is accelerating. Rise up church! Be courageous!

      Kevin - 2012-05-01 09:23

      Mark, the corrupt and incompetent also claim the same God as you do. If he exists he sure is weird.

  • Rob - 2012-05-01 06:21

    It's a ploy to stop all corruption investigations involving ANC govt officials and

  • Zolisa - 2012-05-01 06:51

    Is this how things are done in this country?people who are investigating those who r in power are suspended.This man is political connected.The one who is likely to be SA's next police commissioner .A controvesial figure.ha.South Africa with the best constitution in the world is taking a new direction now.

      afrikeni - 2012-05-01 07:16

      Stop this best constitution in the world myth, will you?

  • afrikeni - 2012-05-01 07:38

    This is the last chance to remove Zuma _ otherwise by the time he finishes his 2nd term damage will have been institutionalised

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-01 07:56

    ANC motto,"Always shoot the messenger."

  • Lekgwakgwa - 2012-05-01 07:57

    South Africa is Banana Repablic every one take Jojo if u dont have police or metro police the will kick you, thank to the people who taking the videos and sent to the media.

  • Leon - 2012-05-01 07:59

    take them to court.they loose all their cases and we our tax we pay.incompetent bunch of public servants

  • tshekiso.saul - 2012-05-01 08:00

    The cases she is supposedly is suspended for are not mention in this paper, we the readers are denied the opportunity to make our call. She influenced sishen's kumba versus another minerals comp and all we hear of is the mdluli case. Was she summoned on the case. Give us the news not this utter disgrace

      Smile - 2012-05-01 10:46

      If you dont like what you are hearing why not go somewhere else? :)

  • Andrew - 2012-05-01 08:05

    The ANC are so thick skinned they think we will believe this. What a bunch of criminals. Everyday our judicial system is collapsing thanks to the corrupt ANC.

      Raymond - 2012-05-01 08:31

      We are surrounded by people who lie and steal.It is in their nature to do these things.South Africa and Nigeria are the two leading nations for FRAUD.It will not get any better.What is in the marrow will come out in the bone.You cannot put people in a position of Trust,they Have to steal AND LIE.

  • Werner - 2012-05-01 08:37

    Another vial of secrecy to shelter their own corrupt cadres.

  • Tool Bag - 2012-08-22 08:55

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