Breytenbach calls final witness
Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach’s disciplinary hearing heard final arguments on Tuesday.
SILVERTON - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach on Tuesday finished testifying in her disciplinary hearing by calling an expert witness to testify about processes and procedures at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).
Former deputy national director and provincial attorney general Jan D'Oliveira testified on her behalf.
Breytenbach was suspended in April for her alleged handling of a mining rights case.
The NPA accused her of showing bias by allowing a complainants advocate to assist her with drawing up affidavits for a search warrant.
The senior prosecutor claims she was suspended to prevent her from prosecuting policeman Richard Mdluli.
Veteran prosecutor Jan D'Oliviera said it was standard practice for outside counsel to get involved.
"An investigating officer can ask whoever he or she wishes for assistance and there is no limit on who they can ask."
The NPA's advocate William Mokhari said D'Oliveira's view "could not be true".
Breytenbach closed her case and final arguments will be heard in May.