DA: Breytenbach ticked all the boxes

The DA says Glynnis Breytenbach has what it takes to represent the party in Parliament.

Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says public prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has what it takes to represent the party in Parliament.

It was reported on Sunday that Breytenbach may represent the DA in Parliament after this year's general elections.

Her name is in the list of DA candidates released over the weekend.

Breytenbach has been involved in a long-running dispute with her employer after trying to prosecute crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

She has since resigned from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) but will work there until April.

Speaking to the Midday Report, the DA's national spokesperson Mmusi Maimane said Breytenbach met all the party's requirements.

"We opened opportunities for everyone to apply so it didn't matter where the person came from. It was important that they were competent, as it is the case here, and they were able to represent the values and align themselves with where the DA stands."

He said her name was among many applicants.

"She was put in a pool of other people where they could compete for their positions. So she has been able to go through that process which indicates her competence."

Maimane says Breytenbach followed all the necessary procedures.

"Historically, she hasn't participated in processes of the DA. She made her application. She made herself available as did many other people, and now she has been selected high enough in the list to be able to represent us in Parliament."

Maimane also stressed that Breytenbach did sterling work in the NPA and it was her decision to now choose politics.