Breytenbach denies 'inappropriate relationship'

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytebach has denied allegations of a relationship with Kumba’s lawyer.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Thursday said it was a "figment of a fertile imagination" that she and Kumba's advocate Mike Hellens appeared as a couple at a court in the Northern Cape.

Breytenbach is giving evidence in her own disciplinary hearing at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)'s headquarters in Silverton, Pretoria.

The prosecutor was suspended in April 2012 allegedly for the way she handled the Sishen/Kumba mining rights case but she insists it was to stop her from prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

Mdluli, who is a former Crime Intelligence head, was suspended after he was charged with murder.

However, he was cleared of murder which took place 10 years ago.

Imperial Crown Trading (ICT)'s Lawyer Ronnie Mendelow complained that Breytenbach and Hellens appeared as a couple at court in Kimberly and that their relationship was inappropriate.

Breytenbach said Mendelow had a very "fertile imagination".

"We (Hellens and I) sat on a bench outside court. There's not a lot going on in Kimberley. At the best of times this was the only matter on the roll. As I've said I've known him for 25 years, why would I ignore him? We sat and had a chat outside court."

Breytenbach insists she was not unusually hostile to ICT's representatives in court as she treated most people with hostility and they should not feel special.

She says there is no basis to any of Mendelow's complaints.