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Data deleted by Breytenbach was backed up, says former NPA Chief Exec

The information Glynnis Breytenbach deleted from her work laptop was automatically backed up on a server.

Former Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The State's first witness in the case against former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach has conceded that the data she allegedly unlawfully deleted from her official laptop was backed-up on the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) servers.

Breytenbach and her attorney, Gerhard Wagenaar, face charges of defeating the ends of justice and contravening provisions of the NPA Act.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament was cleared of the same charges in an internal disciplinary hearing three years ago.

Former NPA chief executive Karen van Rensburg told the court that policies prohibited the permanent deletion of official prosecuting authority information.

She says all the information Breytenbach deleted from her work laptop, allegedly unlawfully, was automatically backed up on a server.

This means her action did not amount to a permanent deletion of the data.

Van Ransburg further conceded that the NPA provided very little information to the former prosecutor when she requested further details about an intention to suspend her in 2012.

She was accused of improper conduct in a mining rights matter she was prosecuting - allegations she has denied.