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More accusations during Breytenbach's hearing

ICT lawyer Ronnie Mendelow was grilled during prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s hearing in Pretoria.

Suspended NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

PRETORIA - The lawyer who laid the complaint against suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has been accused of creating theories in the witness stand.

Ronnie Mendelow, the attorney representing Imperial Crown Trading (ICT), was cross-examined in Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing.

Breytenbach was suspended as head of the National Prosecuting Authority's specialised crimes unit in April last year.

The NPA says the prosecutor was suspended because of the way she handled a mining rights case involving Shisen/Kumba and ICT.

But Breytenbach insists the move was to stop her from prosecuting embattled policeman Richard Mdluli.

The hearing resumed in Pretoria on Monday under a new chairperson, advocate Selby Mbenenge SC.

The hearing featured detailed testimony about how an application for the Sishen mining rights were either forged, and copied or tampered with.

ICT, which is seen to be politically connected, is accused of copying Kumba's application but Mendelow says his client's version is that a former Kumba employee tampered with the documents.

Mendelow accused Breytenbach of investigating the complaint against ICT but ignoring the one laid against Kumba.

The prosecutor's advocate Wim Trengove has been trying to show why the one complaint was legitimate while this new version is flimsy.