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Breytenbach under fire during hearing

She came under fire for allegedly offering a suspect indemnity through a complainant’s lawyer.

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

SILVERTON - Suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach came under fire on Thursday for offering a suspect indemnity through a complainant's lawyer.

The suspended prosecutor's disciplinary inquiry is underway in Silverton, Pretoria.

In April 2012, she was suspended as head of the National Prosecuting Authority's specialised crimes unit in Pretoria after she was accused of bias in her handling of the Sishen Mining rights case.

But Breytenbach insists she was sidelined to stop her from prosecuting embattled policeman Richard Mdluli.

When Breytenbach got wind that mining company Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) director Archie Lehlabo wanted to turn state witness, she approached him through Kumba Iron Ore's advocates, Mike Hellens and Nazeer Cassim to make him an offer.

But Lesabo's attorney, Ronnie Mendelow, said this was highly improper conduct.

Mendelow said Lesabo wore a secret recording device at a meeting with Cassim.

Breytenbach's advocate Wim Trengove said she could not have made the approach through Mendelow because he represented other people.