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Breytenbach waiting on NPA

The senior prosecutor is still waiting for the NPA to confirm whether she can return to work.

Suspended NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach walks out of the NPA offices in Silverton on 19 June 2012. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is still waiting for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to confirm whether she can return to work.

On Tuesday, the prosecuting body announced it was taking the verdict of her internal disciplinary hearing to court for review.

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

Breytenbach was suspended in April 2012 for her handling of a mining rights case, but she insists she was sidelined to stop her from prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

On Monday, she was found not guilty on all charges levelled against her.

In a letter to the NPA, Breytenbach's lawyer referred to an affidavit by NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba.

Her affidavit to the Labour Court said if Breytenbach was found not guilty, it would be the end of the matter and she would be allowed to return to work.

Despite Jiba's earlier announcement, the matter will now go to court.

Constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos said, "It's perhaps more about the personal standing than it is about the merits of the case at this point."

The NPA confirmed it was still drawing up legal papers.

Meanwhile, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) wants Breytenbach to be allowed to return to her post.

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