'Breytenbach acted improperly'

Imperial Crown Trading has suggested that Glynnis Breytenbach had improper motives against them.

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

SILVERTON - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) laid out the crux of its main charge against advocate Glynnis Breytenbach at her disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Her defence team is still expected to cross-examine the lawyer making the allegations against her.

The authority suspended Breytenbach in April, after accusing her of improper conduct in the handling of a mining rights matter between Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) and Kumba Iron Ore.

She has however maintained she was suspended to stop the prosecution of former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

ICT's attorney Ronald Mendelow said Breytenbach and the Hawks ignored a complaint against Kumba Iron Ore and instead pushed a matter against his client.

"It is inconceivable that advocate Breytenbach and Lieutenant Colonel van Wyk could have been blissfully unaware that there was absolutely nothing happening with that docket."

He suggested Breytenbach had improper motives.

"This was clearly a one-sided investigation intent on nailing ICT."

Mendelow said it was highly improper for Kumba's legal team to draft state documents.

Advocate Wim Trengove is expected to cross-examine Mendelow on Thursday.