More charges for Breytenbach

The NPA added more charges to Glynnis Breytenbach's charge sheet ahead of her disciplinary inquiry.

Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It emerged on Monday that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) made a last minute change to prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's charge sheet ahead of her disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.

Breytenbach was in May suspended as head of the specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria, ostensibly because of her alleged misconduct in a mining rights case.

But the prosecutor claims the move was to stop her from prosecuting suspended policeman Richard Mdluli.

Breytenbach's attorney Gerhard Wagenaar said he received a call after 9pm on Monday, informing him that additional charges were added.

He was not told what the extra counts were.

According to the original six-page charge sheet, Breytenbach will have to respond to a total of fifteen allegations ranging from gross negligence to improper conduct and gross insubordination.

The majority of those charges related to her handling of the Kumba Iron Ore vs the politically-connected Imperial Crown Trading mining rights case.

Charges will further be related to her conducting media interviews and accusing the NPA of ulterior motives.

The corruption busting prosecutor will also have to explain whether she has been earning an income by renting out a flat and running a horse stabling business.

Proceedings on Tuesday are expected to begin with an application by the media to allow proceedings to be open to journalists.