'Breytenbach hearing a waste of resources'

The NPA has been accused of wasting resources on Glynnis Breytenbach’s disciplinary.

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is seen ahead of her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on Wednesday 25, July 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

SILVERTON - Senior advocate Nazeer Cassim on Friday attacked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) for spending a lot of money on prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing, instead of fighting crime.

Cassim testified in the hearing today on behalf of Breytenbach, at the prosecuting body's offices in Silverton, Pretoria.

She was suspended in April 2012, apparently for her handling of a multibillion rand mining rights case - she however says it was to stop her prosecuting policeman Richard Mdluli.

Senior Counsel Cassim launched into an attack on the NPA saying it was unacceptable that such a matter of could permeate the attention of so many senior people in the public service.

He said the NPA should stop fighting amongst itself, and rather fight crime.

"Philosophically speaking, if Plato and Aristotle asked a question, I'd like to think (they) would (ask): 'Why are you spending so much resources prosecuting a leading prosecutor. Why don't you spend the resources chasing the bad guys in this country?'

"So much white-collar crime goes undetected."

Cassim slammed accusations that he colluded with Breytenbach and Kumba Iron Ore Limited advocate Mike Hellens to try and intimidate Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) director Archie Luhlabo into turning state witness in the Sishen mining rights case.

It is alleged Breytenbach was impartial in the fraud investigation into ICT, which is locked in a battle with Kumba, a subsidiary of Sishen Iron Ore, over a stake in the Northern Cape's Sishen iron mine.