NPA doesn't want the media at Breytenbach's hearing

The NPA wants to challenge a ruling granting the media access to Glynnis Breytenbach's hearing.

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) said it will approach the State Attorney after a ruling granted the media access to suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing expected to resume in July.

NPA head of communications Bulelwa Makeka on Saturday confirmed that advocate Barry Madolo made the ruling on Friday.

She said the prosecuting authority will now consult with the State Attorney to get advice on whether the ruling can be challenged and If so, how to go about it.

Gerhard Wagenaar, lawyer for the suspended prosecutor, said restrictions would be put in place by the hearing's chairperson if confidential matters arose during proceedings.

Publisher Media24 applied for the media to be granted access to the hearings , arguing that they were in the public interest.

Both policeman Richard Mdluli and Breytenbach featured in the Johannesburg Labour Court this week, to challenge their suspensions.

The court said it could not make a ruling on Mdluli's suspension because of a North Gauteng High Court decision to strip him of his powers as a policeman in June.

Judgement in the suspended prosecutor's matter was reserved.

In April, Breytenbach was suspended from her post as specialised Commercial Crimes Unit head in Pretoria, because of her alleged misconduct in a mining rights case and interference in investigations into her conduct during several of her cases.

She maintains that the NPA suspended her to stop her from prosecuting Mdluli, but the prosecuting authority has strongly disputed this.

Breytenbach was in charge of the fraud, corruption and murder cases against the former crime intelligence head.