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Mdluli pursuit led to Breytenbach's suspension - lawyer

Glynnis Breytenbach is on trial for defeating the ends of justice and contravening provisions of the NPA Act.

FILE: Gynnis Breytenbach testifies at her diciplinary hearing. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's defence advocate has suggested she was suspended at the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) because of her insistence that the criminal case against former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli should proceed.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament and her attorney, Gerard Wagenaar, are on trial in the Pretoria North Magistrates Court where they are facing charges of defeating the ends of justice and contravening provisions of the NPA Act.

The pair allegedly deleted official NPA data from her work laptop in 2012 while she was being investigated for improper conduct in a mining rights case.

Former prosecuting authority chief executive, Karen van Rensburg, told the court that she was aware of the feud between Breytenbach and head of the Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, at the time she was suspended.

Breytenbach had decided to prosecute Mdluli, but this was withdrawn by Mrwebi.

When advocate Nomcobo Jiba was appointed as the acting prosecutions boss, she appointed Mrwebi to review the mining rights case complaint against Breytenbach.

It was Mrwebi who decided that she should be suspended, despite the former prosecutions boss finding that it was not necessary.

The suggestion is that the case against her, which she was cleared of in an internal hearing, relates to the Mdluli matter.