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Breytenbach ready to fight NPA again

The NPA says it will take the not guilty verdict of its own disciplinary inquiry to court, on review.

FILE: Suspended Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyer said on Tuesday she would meet the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in court as it attempts to overturn a disciplinary inquiry decision which went in her favour.

The NPA on Tuesday announced it will be taking the not guilty verdict of its own disciplinary inquiry to court, on review.

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

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

On Monday, Breytenbach was acquitted on all 15 charges against her.

She was suspended in April last year for her handling of a mining rights case, but she believes it was to stop her prosecuting former crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli.

Breytenbach's lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar said his client does not understand why the NPA chose to take the findings to court.

He added that she is prepared to continue to fight her case.

"We will meet them in court and we will oppose any application brought by them."

However she still wants to return to work in the interim.

The NPA said the findings of the disciplinary inquiry were factually incorrect and legally unsustainable and must be challenged.

But the latest decision could be about the credibility of the organisation and also the individuals whose reputations are at stake.

Meanwhile, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) called for prosecutor Breytenbach to be allowed to resume her position in the fight against corruption.

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