'NPA head interfering with Breytenbach case'

The NDPP's Nomcgobo Jiba has been accused of interfering in Glynnis Breytenbach’s hearing.

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. Picture: whoswho.co.za.

PRETORIA - National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Nomgcobo Jiba has been accused of abusing processes and interfering in the disciplinary hearing of prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.

In April, she was suspended from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for her handling of a mining rights matter between Kumba Iron Ore and Imperial Crown Trading (ICT).

However, Breytenbach maintains she was suspended to stop her from prosecuting former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli for fraud and corruption.

On Friday, hearing chairperson Sandile July recused himself because of the way the NPA was handling the case.

He rubbished claims that there was a perception he would be biased, saying ICT lawyer Ronnie Mendelow was calling the shots.

Breytenbach's lawyer Wim Trengove said Jiba ordered the application for July to recuse himself when it appeared he was not entirely sympathetic to Mendelow.

"That is abuse and it is symptomatic of the way in which the NPA has made every effort to rid itself of advocate Breytenbach for doing her duty with integrity."

The NPA will now appoint a new chairman.