Breytenbach hearing delayed

The hearing was delayed so that both parties can present written arguments on some legal points.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's hearing at the Bargaining Council was delayed on Tuesday in order to allow her and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) time to present written arguments on some legal points.

She was suspended from the prosecuting body in April for her handling of a mining rights case involving Kumba Iron Ore and Shisen Mines.

But Breytenbach strongly believes that she was suspended to stop her from pushing ahead with criminal charges against former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

Her suspension hearing initially took place in the Labour Court, but was then moved to the bargaining council because it was better suited for the hearing.

Journalists waited on the steps outside the Bargaining Council's offices as lawyers for the NPA and Breytenbach thrashed out preliminary issues.

At the same time, hearing chairperson Mashoro Matlala will have to decide on an application brought by Eyewitness News , requesting access to the hearing.

Breytenbach will file her heads of argument on Wednesday, while the NPA will do the same over the next two weeks.

In a parallel process, Breytenbach's internal disciplinary hearing is due to resume in January.