NPA dismisses Breytenbach's claims

The NPA says Glynnis Breytenbach has made unfounded claims on her suspension.

Suspended NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach walks out of the NPA offices in Silverton on 19 June 2012. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Sunday labelled prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's suspension allegations as "farfetched, defamatory and reckless."

The NPA dismissed claims that Breytenbach was suspended to protect policeman Richard Mdluli from prosecution.

The prosecutor was in at the Labour Court in Johannesburg to argue for her suspension to be overturned.

She was suspended in May as head of the specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria, allegedly because of the way she handled a mining rights case.

NPA representative advocate William Mokhari said Breytenbach has not provided one scrap of evidence to support her claim that she was suspended so Mdluli could be protected.

Mokhari said Breytenbach became so obsessed with acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba that she has made "farfetched and defamatory" allegations against her.

He urged the court to dismiss the application to overturn the suspension.

Earlier, Breytenbach's lawyer Andrew Redding argued that his client had been caught up in an "extraordinary vortex of an abuse of power."

Redding said his client's dignity was being impaired by the potentially lengthy court case.

Breytenbach was sitting in the front row of the public gallery listening attentively to the argument.