Breytenbach judgment reserved
Breytenbach went to the Labour Court in an attempt to force the NPA to allow her back in her position.
BRAAMFONTEIN - The judge hearing prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's urgent application to return to her job has reserved judgment.
Breytenbach went to the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday in an attempt to force the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to allow her to return to her position as Regional Head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit.
Acting Head of the NPA Nomgcobo Jiba wants to move Breytenbach to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP)'s office in Pretoria pending a court review of the outcome of her disciplinary hearing.
Breytenbach's lawyer told the court that moving her to the DPP's office in Pretoria is a demotion and in the past two weeks she has been given just one case to deal with.
He also argued that Jiba did not have the authority to decide on such a move and only the CEO of the organisation could make such a decision.
But the NPA's advocate responded that Breytenbach never voiced any objection during a meeting with Jiba when she was told she would be redeployed and moving her would cause minimal disruption.
The NPA wants Breytenbach moved because of an ongoing investigation into new complaints against her.
But her lawyers say it is merely a rouse to stop her from getting her hands on the Richard Mdluli file.