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Breytenbach’s boss took unilateral decisions

Lawrence Mrwebi said he did not consult when he took the decision to withdraw the Mdluli charges.

Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

PRETORIA - The head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit has been accused of unlawfully and unilaterally taking the decision to withdraw charges against controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

The claims were made during suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing in Silverton, Pretoria.

Lawrence Mrwebi spent most of Tuesday answering questions.

Mrwebi conceded to several points and admitted he did not consult the Hawks or the inspector general of intelligence when he took the decision to withdraw charges against Mdluli.

Breytenbach's lawyer, Advocate Wim Trengove, claimed the decision was unlawful because Mrwebi did not properly consult on the matter.

"The decision was mine," Mrwebi said.

He also admitted to making numerous mistakes in document dates, which Trengove said shows that his decision was unilateral.

Breytenbach believes she was suspended in order to stop her from prosecuting Mdluli, but the National Prosecuting Authority claims she was suspended for her involvement in a mining rights case.