Breytenbach grilled during hearing

Glynnis Breytenbach testifies at her disciplinary hearing in Silverton, Pretoria. Picture: EWN.

SILVERTON - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was accused of showing disregard to her disciplinary hearing by laughing in response to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s advocate on Friday. 

She was under cross-examination during her disciplinary hearing at the NPA's headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria.

Breytenbach was suspended in April 2012 for the way she handled a mining rights case. 

She argues it was to prevent her from prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli. 

The prosecutor refused to hand over her official NPA laptop for three months until the NPA gave an undertaking it would respect her privacy and give her reasons for her suspension. 

She began laughing when advocate William Mokhari read from an email written by an NPA investigator about the laptop.

“Do you really want me to answer that?” Breytenbach asked when Mokhari posed a question to her.

“I am laughing because you showed absolutely no consideration for my privacy and rights,” the prosecutor answered Mokhari.

Breytenbach appeared bored and even belligerent while Mokhari's questioning on this one topic dragged on all day.