Breytenbach's lawyer grills NPA investigator

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s lawyer suggests that she was suspended unceremoniously.

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 - Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyer on Thursday argued the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) used the mining rights case to try and get rid of his client.

Advocate Wim Trengove said that was the only way to explain the about-turn in the NPA's stance on a complaint laid by Imperial Crown Trading (ICT).

In November, Breytenbach was told she would not be suspended from the prosecuting body.

But on February 1, the senior prosecutor was given notice of intention to suspend her.

Breytenbach insists she was suspended for pushing for the prosecution of former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

The Commercial Crimes Unit's Lawrence Mrwebi sent a memo to the head of the NPA just days before Breytenbach was suspended, Trengove told NPA investigator Hercules Wasserman.

According to the advocate, Mrwebi and Breytenbach had clashed over whether to charge Mdluli.