Breytenbach eager to return to work

Glynnis Breytenbach says she wants to continue prosecuting without fear, favour or prejudice.

FILE: Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is waiting to hear if she can return to her office and continue with her high profile cases which include the arms deal, Barry Tannenbaum, Julius Malema and Richard Mdluli.

She was on Monday acquitted on all 15 charges levelled against her during her disciplinary inquiry.

Breytenbach was suspended in April 2012 for her handling of the Kumba mining rights case. But she believes it was done to stop her prosecuting former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

She said she wants to continue prosecuting without fear, favour or prejudice and to take up all of her cases.

"I will return to my post and continue to prosecute without fear, favour or prejudice as I have always done in the past."

Kumba's Advocate Mike Hellens who was accused of having an improper relationship with Bretyenbach said this judgment should be a turning point in the restoration of public confidence in the criminal justice system and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

"Had this judgment gone the other way and permanently remained so, it would have been a sad day for the public's expectation of justice at the hands of the NPA."

The NPA said the judgment was fair and transparent.

But the prosecuting body wouldn't say whether Breytenbach would be reinstated.

After being acquitted by disciplinary hearing chairperson Advocate Selby Mbenenge, Breytenbach smiled, hugged her lawyers and immediately made a phone call.

Speaking through her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar, she said she was elated by the fact that she was vindicated.

"I am relieved the chairperson saw the lack of justification in the charges laid against me. The expense of defending myself against the unjustified attack upon me was outweighed by the personal humiliation and pure strength of will that it took to defend myself."

Mbenenge was critical of NPA's integrity management unit's senior manager, Hercules Wasserman.

"Wasserman's investigation constituted a breach of the general constitutional principles of the law on access to personal information by the state."

The NPA's credibility has been in the spotlight following a series of losses in the courts.