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‘Breytenbach may be guilty of an offence if she deleted data’

It’s understood Glynnis Breytenbach may be guilty if she deleted official data from her work laptop.

FILE: DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - The Pretoria North Magistrates Court has heard that former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach was warned that she may be guilty of an offence, if she deleted official data from her work laptop.

The Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament and her attorney, Gerhard Wagenaar, are facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and contravention of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act.

The matter relates to an investigation into her handling of a mining rights case, where she was accused of having a conflict of interest.

Former NPA Chief Executive Karen van Rensburg says Breytenbach was informed of the applicable legislation and regulations related to her work laptop when she was suspended in 2012.

Breytenbach had allegedly told management that she would return the device after she had cleared it of all data.

Van Rensburg says Breytenbach informed management that she would then only clear it of personal information.

Breytenbach was being investigated for improper conduct related to a mining rights case where she was accused of having a close relationship with one of the party's legal representatives.

The matter continues.