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DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach’s trial begins today

Breytenbach and her attorney are accused of defeating the ends of justice and contravening the NPA Act.

FILE: DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach in the Pretoria Regional Court. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

PRETORIA- The trial of Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament and former prosecutor, Glynnis Breytenbach, is scheduled to start in the Pretoria North Magistrates Court today.

She and her attorney, Gerhard Wagenaar, are accused of defeating the ends of justice and contravening the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act.

The pair allegedly deleted files from Breytenbach's official work 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.

According to the indictment, the same witnesses who testified against Breytenbach in her internal disciplinary hearing will be called to testify in the criminal trial.

Among the witnesses is former head of the NPA's integrity unit and now Gauteng Hawks head, Prince Mokotedi.

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

Breytenbach chose not to challenge the validity of her prosecution. Instead, she says she wants the matter to proceed so she can prove her innocence.

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