Conflict of interest in Breytenbach hearing

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is seen ahead of her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on Wednesday 25, July 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

SILVERTON - Proceedings in Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing will continue on Friday with an application by the prosecution team to have the chairperson of the hearings to be replaced. 

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) suspended Breytenbach in April for her management of a mining rights matter between Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) and Kumba Iron Ore. 

She has maintained it was to stop the prosecution of former head of Crime Intelligence, Richard Mdluli.

Defence advocate Wim Trengove spent the last three days listening intently to ICT lawyer Ronnie Mendelow rubbish his client’s integrity.

The man who previously led witnesses to make significant concessions and weakened the NPA’s case will then have a turn to cross-examine the lawyer whose complaint is being taken up at this hearing. 

Trengove must first oppose an attempt by the prosecution team to have the hearing’s chairman recuse himself.

Eyewitness News understands they will claim that Sandile July has a conflict of interest and that his firm, Werkmans Attorneys, could be linked to the mining rights debacle.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)