ICT implicates Breytenbach in mining case

Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

PRETORIA - Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) lawyer Ronnie Mendelow on Wednesday said Kumba Iron Ore was calling the shots in prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s investigation against his company.

ICT laid a complaint against the senior prosecutor for her handling of the mining rights case and in April, she was suspended by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for her handling of the matter.

Breytenbach insists she was suspended to prevent her from prosecuting former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli for fraud and corruption. 

Mendelow referred to emails sent from Kumba’s advocate Mike Hellens to Breytenbach, as evidence of improper conduct. 

He said the emails were identical to what was placed before a magistrate in the application for the warrant against his client.

On Tuesday, Breytenbach's lawyer Wim Trengove placed it on record that Hellens did in fact draft these documents, reaffirming that this was not in contention. 

Mendelow concluded that Kumba was in fact calling the shots in the investigation against ICT. 

(Edited by Zethu Zulu)