‘Breytenbach case taking too long’

Glynnis Breytenbach's defence team is frustrated with the pace of her disciplinary hearing.

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

PRETORIA - Glynnis Breytenbach's defence team on Thursday lost patience with the slow pace at which her disciplinary hearing is moving.

In April, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) suspended the senior prosecutor for her alleged improper handling of a mining rights case involving Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) and Kumba Iron Ore.

But Breytenbach claims she was sidelined in an attempt to stop her from prosecuting suspended policeman Richard Mdluli.

The NPA prosecuting team spent three days leading evidence from ICT attorney Ronnie Mendelow, who laid the complaint against her.

Breytenbach's lawyer Wim Trengove said precious time was being wasted.

"We spent this morning on a witness reading from an affidavit endlessly. It seems irrelevant to us. The prosecution team really owes us an explanation as to why we are not moving faster."

Earlier, prosecutor William Mokhari announced that he would apply to have hearing chairperson Sandile July recuse himself.

Mokhari said he will submit a formal affidavit to the hearing on Friday.