Breytenbach dismisses NPA accusations

Glynnis Breytenbach is accused of abusing her position when she was a senior NPA prosecutor.

Former NPA prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has dismissed with contempt recommendations by the authority's Integrity Management Unit that she be charged with fraud, corruption and racketeering.

The Star newspaper is reporting that the unit found Breytenbach had abused her position as a senior NPA official and alleges she had an improper relationship with both billionaire businessman Nathan Kirsh and his representing advocate Andre Bezuidenhout.

The newspaper has also listed a number of payments made by Kirsh to attorneys apparently helping Breytenbach with funding for her own businesses.

The NPA says the integrity management unit's report on Breytenbach was handed to the office of National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega about three months ago.

However, NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube says there's been no word on whether the police will launch a criminal probe.

"It's up to them to decide whether the contents of the report warrant a criminal investigation."

Breytenbach told the newspaper she has not seen the report, but dismissed the allegations.

Since abandoning her Labour Court bid to be reinstated, she's also joined the Democratic Alliance as a Member of Parliament, but the party says it's not yet ready to comment on the matter.