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NPA must elaborate on Breytenbach suspension

Glynnis Breytenbach is an experienced, no-nonsense prosecutor.

Breytenbach is an experienced, no-nonsense prosecutor.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption busting prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach demanded better reasons for her suspension from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Wednesday.

The official reason for suspending her was her alleged abuse of power during a high profile mining rights case.

It is however believed she may have been sidelined because of her persistence in prosecuting crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli. 

Breytenbach has a reputation of being an experienced, no-nonsense prosecutor and now has numerous legal options to consider, including a potential urgent court application. 

Her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar wants the NPA to elaborate on why she was suspended.

“That reason is to vague, we cannot respond to that reason.”

The lawyer said it was unlikely Breytenbach will appoint any close protection security after her life was threatened twice.

Wagenaar told  Eyewitness News  she had alerted the Hawks but did not open a police case.

“At that stage she felt the Hawks were the correct channel to report it to.”

It is unclear if the threats against her were related in any way to the Mdluli case.