Breytenbach worried about dignity

Glynnis Breytenbach says the longer her case continues, the more her dignity will suffer.

Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Monday said her dignity will continue to be impaired for as long as she remained suspended.

Breytenbach's lawyer argued for her client's suspension to be overturned by the Labour Court in Johannesburg.

The prosecutor was suspended in May as head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria, allegedly because of the way she handled a mining rights case.

But she insists it was to stop her from prosecuting Richard Mdluli.

She sat at the front row of the public gallery in court as she listened to her advocate, Andrew Redding, make his case.

Redding said a suspension is the industrial relations' equivalent of an arrest.

The advocate said the case should be dealt with urgently as her client's rights were being impaired.

He argued the matter was "not about some small person in an office in Boksburg", but it has garnered enormous media attention.

Redding said Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing is expected to go on and on, which is why the court must make a decision.