Mrwebi accused of creating justifications

Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyer accused Mrwebi of creating a new version of events.

NPA head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit Lawrence Mrwebi has been accused of creating justifications for his decision to stop prosecuting policeman Richard Mdluli.

SILVERTON - Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit head Lawrence Mrwebi has now been accused of creating a new justification based on anonymous sources, to explain why he stopped the prosecution of controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss on Wednesday testified in prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing in Silverton, Pretoria.

He offered a long, elaborate explanation about why he asked the auditor-general to investigate the case against Mdluli back in April 2012.

Mrwebi insists he received representations from anonymous people in the South African Police Services' Crime Intelligence Unit.

He also said he was concerned about the apparently unlawful and threatening conduct of a so-called 'Advocate Y'.

"Representations were made to me in confidence by those people," he said.

Advocate Wim Trengove appeared irritated.

He raised his voice and accused Mrwebi of creating a new version of events.

According to Trengrove, the original justification for the Mdluli decision was proven to be false.

Breytenbach's lawyer went on to say that acting NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba suspended his client in order to protect her friend, Mdluli.

But Mrwebi said the allegations levelled against Jiba were "very strange" to him.

Trengove said Jiba did not bother to wait for Breytenbach to respond to a complaint that was laid against her, before signing her suspension letter.

The NPA claims Breytenbach was suspended because of her handling of a mining rights case.

But Breytenbach insists she was suspended to stop her from prosecuting Mdluli.

NPA Advocate William Mukhari objected to Trengrove's use of the label "friend" to describe the relationship between Jiba and Mdluli.