NPA IT expert testifies in Breytenbach hearing

NPA IT expert Khaya Xaba said he only met resistance from Glynnis Breytenbach’s lawyer.

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) security and IT expert on Tuesday said there was no objection to Glynnis Breytenbach taking her laptop to her lawyer to delete private information.

In April, she was suspended from her position as head of the Specialised Crimes Unit for her handling of a mining rights case.

But the senior prosecutor maintains she was suspended in order to prevent her from prosecuting former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

NPA risk management specialist Khaya Xaba told Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing that he was instructed to seize her laptop to secure evidence in the case against her.

He told the hearing that Breytenbach never objected to him taking her laptop, until her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar arrived at her office.

Wagenaar wanted to clone the laptop and a private IT expert was called in.

However, this could not be done because personal data could not be deleted from the device.

On Tuesday, mining company Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) lawyer Ronnie Mendelow started giving evidence in Breytenbach's hearing.