Breytenbach & former attorney granted bail
The DA MP & Gerhard Wagenaar had been charged with defeating the ends of justice & contravening the NPA Act.
PRETORIA - Democratic Allaince (DA) MP Glynnis Breytenbach and her former attorney Gerhard Wagenaar have be granted bail of R10,000 in the Pretoria Regional Court.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced on Friday that the pair had been charged with defeating the ends of justice and contravening the NPA Act.
The alleged crimes date back to 2012, when Breytenbach was investigated for misconduct in relation to a mining rights case.
She was cleared of all charges in a disciplinary hearing in 2013.
The pair handed themselves over at the Pretoria Central police station this morning, before being arrested and detained in the holding cells.
Their court appearance was brief, where the court heard that counsel had agreed that the accused would pay bail.
The DA MP allegedly deleted sensitive files from her official laptop, but she was cleared of any wrongdoing in a disciplinary hearing.
The NPA has confirmed that no evidence has emerged since that case.
The matter has been postponed until next month so that the docket can be disclosed to the defence team.
Meanwhile, the NPA's Luvuyo Mfaku says the criminal case against Breytenbach was investigated at the same time her internal matter was investigated.
He couldn't explain why it has taken so long to open the case against her.
"It's not new evidence and the docket was opened with the police. I will not account as true their investigative methodology and how it took so long to be brought to the NPA for a decision. Once it was brought before the NPA for a decision, a decision was taken instantly."
Mfaku denies the case is politically motivated, saying the decision to prosecute was taken by the head of the priority crime litigation unit.