Breytenbach's laptop under scrutiny

A risk specialist said he feared a fist fight would break out if he took Glynnis Breytenbach's laptop.

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

SILVERTON - An official from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Monday said he feared a fist fight would have broken out if he took prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's laptop from her after she was suspended.

Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing continued at the prosecuting body's offices in Silverton, Pretoria.

It heard from three witnesses, including a risk specialist from the NPA.

The prosecutor was suspended in April for her mishandling of mining rights case Kumba Iron Ore vs Imperial Crown Trading (ICT), but she claims it was because of her insistence on prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

The NPA has strongly disputed that.

Breytenbach handled the cases of fraud, nepotism and murder against the former crime intelligence head.

Risk specialist, Khaya Xaba, handed Breytenbach a letter of suspension on 30 April.

He was given the responsibility to collect her work laptop, keys and access discs at the same time.

But he said her attorney Gerhard Wagenaar refused to hand over the laptop and was so aggressive that he feared a fist fight would have broken out.

"We realised that if we carried on pursing the issue of the laptop, we were going to get into a fist fight with Mr Wagenaar".

The witness for the NPA testified that he allowed Breytenbach to keep the laptop so that her IT specialist could delete personal files from the hard drive.

Xaba will be cross-examined when the disciplinary hearing resumes next week Tuesday.