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Breytenbach's DC hearing resumes

Suspended NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is midway through her defence in her disciplinary hearing.

Suspended NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is midway through her defence in her disciplinary hearing. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing resumed on Wednesday at the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) headquarters in Pretoria.

Breytenbach was suspended in April 2012, apparently for her handling of a mining rights case, but she says it was to stop her prosecuting policeman Richard Mdluli.

Breytenbach is midway through her defence, with only a handful of witnesses to call to testify for her.

Her advocate, Wim Trengove, has also indicated that Breytenbach herself will give evidence to the hearing.

She will have to respond to allegations that she favoured Kumba Iron Ore Limited and its advocate Mike Hellens in the fraud case involving Sishen Iron Ore Company, a subsidiary of Kumba, and claims that she destroyed evidence on her laptop.

It emerged during the hearing that Hellens and Breytenbach are long-time friends who socialise regularly.

In January, Hellens and senior counsel Nasir Cassim testified in support of Breytenbach and Cassim lambasted the NPA for spending so much time and money on prosecuting one of its top prosecutors.