Breytenbach: I’ve upheld the NPA’s real principles
Glynnis Breytenbach says her suspension had a big impact on her personal and professional life.
SILVERTON - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's suspension has been stressful and has had a significant impact on both her personal and professional life, she said on Tuesday.
The last witness in Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing was finally called yesterday.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) suspended her in April 2012, for allegedly failing to act impartially in her investigation in a mining rights case.
But Breytenbach said her superiors suspended her to stop her from prosecuting policeman Richard Mdluli.
The commercial crimes prosecutor gave her first interview since her suspension to Eyewitness News .
Breytenbach was visibly relieved after her lawyers closed her case yesterday and said the prolonged process had taken a toll on her.
"I found the process very stressful, it's had a serious impact on my life. I'm very relieved it's over and I sincerely hope that something decent comes out of this for the other prosecutors and the NPA in general."
But for the experienced prosecutor, the legal fight has always been about principle.
"I've upheld the real principles of the NPA and prosecutors."
She added she was concerned about the impact her suspension had on the commercial crime matters she was handling.
"Professionally I've been out of the loop for almost a year.
Breytenbach said she had not been to court or spoken to her colleagues in over a year because of the legal process.
"So I've actually got no idea what's going on with my old cases, so it hasn't been easy."
She would not be drawn on whether she will return to the NPA, but said she was confident her legal team had done an excellent job.
A judgment will be delivered after May, but her lawyers will go to the bargaining council on Friday to have her suspension lifted.