Breytenbach turns to Labour Court

NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach wants the Labour Court to overturn her suspension.

Glynnis Breytenbach.

JOHANNESBURG - Top prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach says she believes the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has compromised the most fundamental ethical principles of the prosecution services and wanted her to do the same.

Breytenbach has turned to the Labour Court in an attempt to overturn her suspension.

She believes she was sidelined to protect controversial policeman Richard Mdluli. But the NPA said she was suspended because of her conduct in a mining rights trial.

The senior prosecutor, who was also the regional head of the NPA's Specialised Commercial Crime Unit, was suspended early in May.

Sources close to Breytenbach believe she was suspended because she pushed for Mdluli's prosecution.

In the weeks before she was suspended, Breytenbach threatened to take the NPA's decision on Mdluli for legal review.

This then led to widespread speculation that she was sidelined so the former Crime Intelligence head could be protected by the NPA.

Shortly after her suspension, Breytenbach told the City Press newspaper she was shot at and intimidated.