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Breytenbach wants to return to work

Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyers argued on Friday that she should be allowed to return to work.

Suspended National Prosecuting Authority prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is seen ahead of her disciplinary hearing in Pretoria on 25 July 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyers on Friday said her suspension was an attempt to silence and marginalise her, and it was not done justly.

The Bargaining Council heard closing arguments in the matter earlier in the day.

The senior prosecutor was suspended in 2012 for her alleged handling of a mining rights matter.

But Breytenbach maintains she was suspended by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to stop her from prosecuting policeman Richard Mdluli.

She now wants the council to uplift her suspension and allow her to go back to work pending the outcome of her ongoing disciplinary hearing.

Breytenbach's lawyer Andrew Redding said now that evidence in the hearing is finished and the last witness has been called, she should be allowed back in her office.

"How is it conceivable that as we sit here today, Glynnis Breytenbach is going to interfere with the investigation? Is she going to go down to the disciplinary inquiry chairman's house in the Eastern Cape and go and terrify them? What is she going to do?"

However, the NPA's lawyer William Mokhari said this should only be allowed to happen once a decision in that hearing has been handed down.

"The disciplinary inquiry will decide whether the employee is guilty or not and they will determine whether the employee goes back to work or not."

The Bargaining Council's decision is expected within 14 days.

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