Breytenbach fights to stay at NPA

Top corruption busting prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach must now tell the National Prosecuting Authority...

Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli appeared at the Boksburg Magistrates Court on 24 June 2011. He is accused of masterminding a murder over a decade ago. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

Top corruption busting prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach must now tell the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) why she should not be suspended.

She was served with a notice of suspension on Thursday.

The prosecutor was apparently suspended for her abuse of power in the Kumba Iron Ore case.

Breytenbach led the Barry Tannenbaum Ponzi scheme and the fraud matter against ex-Crime Intelligence Head Richard Mdluli.

But those close to her suggest that it has more to do with the decision to drop a murder charge against Mdluli.

She would not comment officially on her suspension just yet but said she would be fighting it every step of the way.

Those close to her believe the NPA would use a complaint laid against her regarding the Kumba Iron Ore matter to sideline her.

They suggested it was an attempt to place her in backwater so that she could not object to the withdrawal of charges against Mdluli.

The prosecuting body strongly denied these claims.

Breytenbach received a flood of support from rank and file prosecutors, the bench and even criminals she had put in prison.

A senior advocate said there was widespread concern within the legal fraternity about the move.