Breytenbach investigator questioned

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyer cross-examines investigator Hercules Wasserman.

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is seen ahead of her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on Wednesday 25, July 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

PRETORIA - A National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) investigator trawled through personal documents to rustle up complaints against suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach, her lawyer said on Wednesday.

Senior manager at the prosecuting body's integrity unit Hercules Wasserman was cross-examined by Advocate Wim Trengove.

Wasserman faced a barrage of questions from Breytenbach's representative.

From his very first question, Trengove tore into Wasserman by accusing him of grossly distorting the truth by claiming Breytenbach destroyed evidence on her laptop.

Wasserman maintained that his findings were linked to a content report.

Trengove also accused him of trawling through Breytenbach's private information to rustle up extra charges, a claim Wasserman denied.

Wasserman appeared blindsided while Breytenbach looked smug.

The senior prosecutor was suspended as head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in April.

Breytenbach was suspended for her handling of a mining rights case involving Kumba Iron Ore Limited and politically-connected company Imperial Crown Trading (ICT).

One of ITC's shareholders include President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane.

But Breytenbach maintains she was sidelined in order to prevent her from prosecuting controversial Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

The NPA also claims she interfered in internal investigations looking into her conduct.