NPA's IT policy reviewed

The NPA’s IT and email policy was under scrutiny in Glynnis Breytenbach’s disciplinary hearing.

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

SILVERTON - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA's) IT and email policy was under scrutiny in Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing.

The NPA is accusing her of violating that code and laid a criminal charge against her for allegedly destroying evidence on her work laptop.

Breytenbach faces 15 charges - many of which have to do with her handling of mining rights case Kumba Iron Ore Limited vs Imperial Crown Trading (ICT), but she believes she was suspended in order to stop her prosecuting former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Investigator Hercules Wasserman went through each detail of the NPA's IT policy on Wednesday, as it refers to the charges against her.

"I indicated that in my evidence yesterday as well. She should have been versant with the policy because one of her duties included enforcing the policy in the workplace".

Breytenbach was suspended as head of the specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria in April.

The NPA has claimed she was suspended because of her misconduct in the mining rights case and interference in probes into her actions during several of her other cases.

She was in charge of the fraud, corruption and murder cases against Mdluli.

The prosecutor will have to explain why she allegedly allowed Mike Hellens, an advocate for Kumba Iron Ore Limited, draft affidavits on her behalf.

The NPA said that information was found in retrieved emails from her work inbox.

The prosecutor's disciplinary hearing continues at the NPA's offices in Silverton, Pretoria.