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NPA to fight Breytenbach ruling

The prosecuting body said Monday’s ruling was factually incorrect and legally unsustainable.

Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing resumed on Wednesday at the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) headquarters in Pretoria. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Tuesday announced it will challenge the findings of Glynnis Breytenbach's disciplinary hearing.

On Monday, the senior prosecutor was acquitted on all 15 charges leveled against her.

She was suspended from the NPA in April 2012 for her handling of a mining rights case.

But Breytenbach believes she was suspended to stop her from prosecuting senior policeman Richard Mdluli.

The NPA on Tuesday said the findings of the disciplinary enquiry were factually incorrect and legally unsustainable.

It added the ruling would elevate insubordination, disobedience and unethical conduct in the workplace.

The prosecuting body will now go to court to overturn the decision.

NPA spokesperson Nomilo Mpondo said, "The NPA has decided to take this to another court for a review. At the moment, we are busy preparing our heads of arguments."

Breytenbach's lawyer said his client did not understand why the NPA would want to go this route.

At the same time, a letter was sent to the NPA asking for her return to work to be facilitated.

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) earlier called on the NPA to allow Breytenbach to return to work.

It also said the people responsible for the spurious charges against Breytenbach to be held to account.