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Breytenbach extends NPA deadline

Breytenbach has given the NPA until the end of business on Thursday to give her an answer.

Glynnis Breytenbach testifies at her diciplinary hearing. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has until the end of Thursday to decide whether prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach will be reinstated.

Last week, she was acquitted of all charges in her internal disciplinary hearing.

Breytenbach and her lawyer met with the NPA CEO, the head of labour relations and the organisation's lawyers earlier on Wednesday.

The suspended prosecutor initially wanted an answer from the NPA by 6am on Thursday.

But Breytenbach has now given the prosecuting body until the end of business on Thursday to give her an answer.

"She's adamant she wants to return to her previous position and the NPA wants to consider the possibility of redeploying her," Breytenbach's attorney said.

If the NPA's response is not favourable, Breytenbach could go to court for an interdict.

The senior prosecutor was suspended in April 2012 for her handling of a mining rights case.

Breytenbach insists she was sidelined to stop her from prosecuting controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

The NPA has indicated it will appeal the findings of the disciplinary hearing.

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

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