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‘NPA investigator has Gestapo-like investigation against Breytenbach’

Barry Roux says the case against Glynnis Breytenbach was a smokescreen to force her out of the NPA.

FILE: Former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: EWN.

PRETORIA - Former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach's defence team has accused a National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) internal investigator of running a Gestapo-like investigation against his client.

Breytenbach and her attorney Gerard Wagenaar are on trial in the Pretoria North Magistrates Court.

The pair are accused of defeating the ends of justice and contravening the NPA Act for deleting documents from her official work laptop.

Breytenbach's defence advocate Barry Roux criticised NPA investigator Hercules Wasserman for denying access to information about allegations against his client for weeks.

He says the entire case was a smokescreen to force her out of the NPA.

Roux set out a timeline showing NPA management initially decided not to suspend Breytenbach after considering a complaint in a mining rights case against her.

He put it to Wasserman that he could not find anything incriminating against Breytenbach in relation to the mining rights complaint.

While the witness refused to give a straight answer or concede the point, he did not deny the claim or that the complaint was dismissed by the Kimberley Higher Court.

Roux set out how the NPA had initially decided not to suspend Breytenbach but this changed after she challenged Advocate Lawrence Mrwebi for attempting to withdraw the case against crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli.

He says Mrwebi then took it upon himself to review the case against Breytenbach and ensured she was suspended before dropping the case against Mdluli.

Mrwebi has since been struck off the roll of advocates for his role in the Mdluli case.

The matter has been adjourned until tomorrow.

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