Breytenbach resigns from NPA and joins DA
Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has confirmed that she has joined the Democratic Alliance.
JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is sidestepping questions this morning after confirmation that she has joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) ahead of the general elections this year.
She has told Eyewitness News she cannot comment at this stage as she is still working for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) but that she has submitted her resignation.
The DA announced its candidate lists for this year's election on Saturday with seven names blacked out to remain confidential.
Speculation is rife whether Breytenbach will go to Parliament to represent the DA and may even serve on a committee that will have an oversight over the police.
Political analyst Daniel Silke says it is an interesting development for the DA.
"She'll provide some interest specifically in that portfolio in Parliament. I think her presence will also assist the party. It needs some fresh blood."
Breytenbach pushed for crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli to be prosecuted, but she then faced a disciplinary hearing and was taken off the case.
Some people took to social networks to voice their opinions on the matter.
Glynnis Breytenbach leaves NPA & joins the DA. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
- Sir Kgaugelo M. (@De_Imperial) January 26, 2014
#Breytenbach to be an MP, what a waste of legal talent.
- Pikkie Greeff (@PikkieGreeff) January 26, 2014
Meanwhile a number of journalists, whose names haven't been revealed, are also on the DA's list.
Two journalists who have not made it onto the lists which were released on Saturday were suspended by their employers.
Meanwhile, the ANC has also been looking at its election campaign.
The party's lekgotla is being held at the St George Hotel in Johannesburg.
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says they will be looking at their lists ahead of a conference on Monday, where MPs and premier candidates will be discussed.