Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing resumes

Suspended NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is seen ahead of her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on Wednesday 25, July 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA
PRETORIA - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's official disciplinary hearing is due to resume under a new chairman on Monday, nearly five months after the previous chairman recused himself.

Breytenbach was suspended as head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) specialised commercial crime unit in Pretoria in April 2012, ostensibly because of her handling of a mining rights case.

She insists it was an attempt by her bosses to stop the prosecution of policeman Richard Mdluli.

Eastern Cape senior advocate Selby Mbenenge will be chairing Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing when it gets underway at the NPA’s offices in Silverton on Monday.

Last year August, lawyers for the NPA brought an application for then chairperson Sandile July to recuse himself on the basis that his job at Werksmans Attorneys could be a conflict.

The law firm represents ArcelorMittal South Africa in the Sishen mining rights matter.

Breytenbach was allegedly suspended for showing bias towards Sishen in a fraud case.

It is unclear if the advocate's disciplinary will resume from where it stopped under July or if all witnesses who have already testified will have to give evidence again, from scratch.