Breytenbach: I prosecute without favour
Suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach says she holds the NPA’s values in high regard.
SILVERTON - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Wednesday said she would never go light on the pedal in a case because she has a friendship with an advocate acting against her.
Breytenbach took the stand in her disciplinary hearing at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s offices in Silverton, Pretoria.
She was suspended in April 2012, purportedly because of her handling of a mining rights case involving Kumba and Sishen on one side, and Imperial Crown Trading on the other. But she insists it was to stop her from prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.
Breytenbach said nothing would take the edge off her prosecutorial commitment - certainly not her friendship with advocate Mike Hellens.
She said it was likely she was less lenient when he was opposing counsel.
Breytenbach insists she did not like to lose, particularly against Hellens.
There was very little sign of the foul-mouthed, hard-hitting, direct prosecutor when Breytenbach was on the stand. She was calm and chose her words carefully.
Earlier, the prosecutor also said she always warned complainants in her cases that if she found they had dirty hands then they would be prosecuted to the nth degree.
She declared that she held the principle of prosecuting "without fear, favour or prejudice" in high regard.
Breytenbach said she always made it clear to complainants and their lawyers that she and the investigating officer were running the show.