NPA to charge Glynnis Breytenbach and her lawyer

The NPA says the two will be charged with defeating the ends of justice and contravening the NPA act.

FILE: Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has indicated it will charge DA MP and former head of the Specialised Commercial Crime Unit Pretoria Glynnis Breytenbach and her former legal representative Gerhard Wagenaar for obstructing the ends of justice and contravening the National Prosecuting Authority Act.

In a statement released on Friday night, the NPA says the two accused committed the offences in 2012, when they refused to hand over an official laptop computer to NPA officials, who were investigating acts of misconduct against Breytenbach, having been informed that the computer was believed to have information relevant to the employer's investigation. The statement says the accused shredded official and private data in the computer, which is a direct contravention of the NPA Act.

NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku tells Eyewitness News that based on an ongoing investigation within the organisation, the priority crimes unit decided there was sufficient, relevant and credible evidence to institute criminal proceedings against the two.

Breytenbach and Wagenaar have been informed of the charges and will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates Court on 15 February.