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DA cries foul in NPA's decision to charge Breytenbach
The DA says it shows that the NPA is trying to tarnish the party's reputation in other matters in court.
JOHANNESBURG – The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s bid to charge MP - and former prosecutor - Glynnis Breytenbach with obstruction and defeating ends of justice - is a political move to tarnish the party's image ahead of the local government elections. (Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)
Breytenbach is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on Monday after the NPA announced it laid charges last night.
The NPA is accusing Bretynbrach and her lawyer - Gerhard Wagenaar - of allegedly deleting information belonging to the anc.
In a statement, the NPA says the two accused committed the offences in 2012, when they refused to hand over an official laptop computer to NPA officials, who were investigating acts of misconduct against Breytenbach, having been informed that the computer was believed to have information relevant to the employer’s investigation.
The statement says the accused shredded official and private data in the computer, which is a direct contravention of the NPA Act.
But DA's James Selfe says it’s concerning and chilling that the NPA would decide to pursue charges against the two now and it shows that it is trying to tarnish the party's reputation in other matters in court.
“The significance of that we believe lies in the fact that the Democratic Alliance is involved in a court action that is fixed to put advocate Jiba of the NPA under suspension.”
(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)