NPA to go ahead with criminal charges against Breytenbach

Questions are being asked about why she's been criminally charged with an offence on which she was cleared.

FILE: Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's going ahead with its criminal charges against Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Glynnis Breytenbach because it has a case against her, despite the fact that its own internal disciplinary hearing has found her innocent of the same charge.

In 2013 Breytenbach was cleared by an NPA hearing of deleting certain files from her laptop.

Now, she's appearing in court this morning on the same charge.

The DA's James Selfe says it's clear this is a political case.

"It is political in nature. From the time that she became a candidate for the DA, advocate Breytenbach made a very full disclosure."

But the NPA says its disciplinary procedures and a court case are different procedures, and it must go ahead with this case.

That doesn't explain the three-year delay.

And it also doesn't explain the role played by deputy NPA head advocate Nomgcobo Jiba in this decision.

Questions are being asked about why Breytenbach has been criminally charged with an offence on which she was cleared.

Breytenbach herself says the charge is politically motivated and is designed to distract attention from the DA's application to have Jiba suspended.

Last week the DA argued in court that Jiba should be removed from office because she was playing a political role in the NPA after her conduct was criticised by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in cases relating to Richard Mdluli and the Zuma spy tapes.