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Breytenbach takes stand in own hearing

Suspended prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach started giving evidence in her hearing on Wednesday in Pretoria.

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing resumed on Wednesday at the NPA's headquarters in Pretoria. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

SILVERTON - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Wednesday began giving evidence in her own disciplinary hearing at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria.

Breytenbach started off by testifying about how she holds the principle of prosecuting without "fear, favour or prejudice" in very high regard.

"I hold the view the prosecutor prosecutes on behalf of the taxpaying public and that we are answerable to them.

"A prosecutor has an enormous amount of power and it has to be exercised carefully and scrupulously fairly."

Breytenbach was suspended from the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in April 2012, ostensibly for her handling of a mining rights case involving Kumba/Shisen and Imperial Crown Trading.

But the prosecutor argued she was suspended because her superiors did not want her to prosecute controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

Last month the head of the NPA's Specialised Commercial Crime Unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, was forced to apologise for accusing Breytenbach of making a "thumb suck" accusation against him.

Mrwebi had earlier said Breytenbach's claim that he was appointed to his position on 25 November 2011 was a "thumb-suck" and that he was in fact appointed on 1 November.

The date is crucial because Mrwebi received representations from Mdluli's lawyers in mid-November.