NPA secures 10 witnesses to testify against Breytenbach

New Gauteng Hawks boss Prince Mokotedi is on a list of 10 witnesses expected to testify against the DA MP.

Glynnis Breytenbach outside court on 15 February 2016. She says she won’t apply to have charges dropped, wants trial. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

PRETORIA - The list of witnesses expected to testify against Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Glynnis Breytenbach include those whose integrity was significantly questioned during her disciplinary hearing three years ago.

Breytenbach and her former attorney Gerhard Wagenaar appeared in the Pretoria Regional Court yesterday where they were charged with defeating the ends of justice and contravening the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act.

The pair are accused of deleting files from her official computer in 2012 while she was being investigated for misconduct in a mining rights case.

She was cleared of all charges in a disciplinary hearing the following year.

The newly appointed head of the Hawks in Gauteng Prince Mokotedi is among the 10 witnesses.

He was the head of the NPA's Integrity Management Unit at the time Breytenbach was investigated and internally prosecuted.

Mokotedi resigned in 2014 after he was suspended for allegedly leaking a Breytenbach investigation file to the media.

Also on the witness list is investigator Hercules Wasserman, who testified that he couldn't recover the data Breytenbach allegedly deleted because a server had crashed.

But NPA system administrator Eudele Swart told the hearing that regional servers were operational and that Wasserman could have retrieved the files.

Breytenbach says she will not apply to have the charges dropped and wants to go to trial to prove her innocence.

The matter returns to court next month.