Breytenbach must return to work - Casac
Casac believes prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has a big role to play in the NPA.
JOHANNESBURG - The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) on Tuesday called for prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach to be allowed to resume her position in the fight against corruption.
She was on Monday acquitted on all 15 charges brought against her for her handling of a mining rights case.
Breytenbach believes she was suspended by acting National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) director Nomgcobo Jiba and the head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit Lawrence Mrwebi in order to protect controversial senior policeman Richard Mdluli.
Casac's Lawson Naidoo said those responsible for the spurious charges against Breytenbach must be held accountable and a permanent leader of the organisation must be appointed.
"I would argue that in terms of justice being seen to be done that there must be consequences for those people who took the decision to press the charges against Breytenbach. We need to appoint robustly independent personnel as the national director of public prosecutions. "
The NPA announced that it respected the ruling made by the disciplinary hearing. However, it is not yet clear whether it will reinstate Breytenbach and allow her to continue with her cases.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma is expected to appoint the national director of public prosecutions soon.
Jiba, a deputy NPA head, has been acting as NDPP for more than a year.