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Breytenbach won't testify - lawyer

The NPA has slammed Breytenbach for opting not to testify in her Bargaining Council hearing.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Monday chose not to give evidence in her own arbitration process at the Bargaining Council.

In 2012, she approached the council in an attempt to get her job back at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

This will be treated as a separate, parallel process.

The suspended prosecutor is also facing a disciplinary hearing in Silverton, Pretoria.

Breytenbach's lawyer Andrew Redding said he would not lead witnesses and wants the arbitrator to make a finding on papers alone.

"It's not that Breytenbach doesn't want to give evidence. As her legal team, we have said to her that she does not need to give evidence.

"It'll be unnecessary to give evidence because on the documents that are before the court, we can prove that the suspension was unfair."

The NPA has called this move "absurd", saying Breytenbach must allow herself to be cross-examined.

In April, she was suspended for her alleged handling of a mining rights case.

But Breytenbach believes she was suspended in order to prevent her from prosecuting former Crime Intelligence head Richard Mdluli.