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'Breytenbach disappointed by judgment'

Breytenbach will remain in her current position at the DPP in Pretoria.

The Johannesburg Labour Court dismissed prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's application to return to her old job on 19 July. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Glynnis Breytenbach's lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar says although she is disappointed by the court's decision to dismiss her application, the legal team is studying the judgment and intends to bring an application for leave to appeal.

"Obviously we've just received the judgment and haven't studied it yet. However, at this stage it's our intention to bring the application for leave to appeal," says Waggenaar.

The Johannesburg Labour Court dismissed her application to return to her old job as regional head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU) on Friday morning.

Breytenbach went to the court in an attempt to compel the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to allow her to return to her position at the SCCU.

A Labour Court judge appeared in the courtroom for just a minute and read a one line summary on behalf of Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker.

It appears Judge Rabkin-Naicker's decision was made largely on the basis of jurisdiction, with the bargaining council believed to be a more appropriate platform.

No cost order was handed down.

Breytenbach lost in this court on similar grounds last year and subsequently lost at the bargaining council too.

In the meantime, Breytenbach will remain in her position in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Pretoria.

She was suspended in April last year for her handling of a mining rights case, but has since been acquitted of all charges.

Breytenbach believes her suspension was meant to stop her from prosecuting former police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli on fraud and other charges.

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