Breytenbach serves the NPA

Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN
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PRETORIA - Eyewitness News on Friday learnt that Glynnis Brytenbach served legal papers on the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Bargaining Council to challenge her suspension.

Last week, Breytenbach lost a Labour Court bid to have her suspension overturned.

The court ruled she should have rather gone to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) or the Bargaining Council.

Her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said this had to be done before Saturday.

“In terms of the legislation, we had to do that within 90 days.”

This process is expected to run parallel to her disciplinary inquiry currently underway in Pretoria.

Earlier, Breytenbach's lawyers said charges against her for stabling a horse and earning rent from letting a flat are “trumped up and trivial nonsense”.

Advocate Wim Trengove finally finished cross-examining NPA investigator Hercules Wasserman after three days on the stand.

Breytenbach was suspended earlier this year, allegedly for her handling of a mining rights case. But the prosecutor insists it was due to her pushing for the prosecution of senior policeman Richard Mdluli. 

Trengove took issue with Wasserman for snatching one mine from Breytenbach’s motor vehicle finance application and creating two charges from it.

“The fact that a charge was based on that personal document which, which had nothing to do with the NPA, was an abuse of the access that he (Wasserman) had,” the advocate said. 

Trengove also said the charges against his client are symptomatic of the prosecuting authority’s approach to the case.

“There are trumpet charges which are designed to get rid of Breytenbach,” Trengove said. But Wasserman denied this. 

Wasserman is now off the stand, his colleague William Gloster began giving evidence in the case. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)