Breytenbach case postponed

2016-03-16 11:03
Glynnis Breytenbach. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

Glynnis Breytenbach. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)

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Pretoria - DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach made a brief appearance in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on charges of obstruction and defeating the ends of justice.

The matter was postponed to April 8 to allow her lawyers to study the docket, which they received on Tuesday.

Breytenbach and her co-accused Gerhard Wagenaar had their bail of R10 000 each extended.

The National Prosecuting Authority claimed that in 2012, Breytenbach shredded papers and wiped clean her laptop while she was still the head of the organisation's specialised commercial crimes unit, in violation of the NPA Act.

Wagenaar, her former lawyer, allegedly refused to hand over her laptop, which was believed to contain evidence relevant to a misconduct case the NPA was investigating against her.

When she walked out of court on Wednesday, she said she was not bothered by the postponement, as it was part of the “normal course of business”. She previously said she wanted to have her day in court to clear her name.

She resigned from the NPA in January 2014 to become an MP for the Democratic Alliance.

The DA previously said the case against her was a political ploy, which the NPA denied.

NPA spokesperson, Luvuyo Mfaku, said their case was very strong and he believed they would get a conviction.

"We always maintain that when we take a decision to prosecute, there are always reasonable prospects of a successful prosecution," he said during her last appearance.

"We are not politicians. We don't look at political reasons when we take a decision," he said.

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