No case-related info was deleted from laptop - Breytenbach


Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Justice, Glynnis Breytenbach, has reportedly disputed allegations that the she deleted vital information from her laptop while serving as head of the National Prosecuting Authority’s specialised crimes unit four years ago.

Addressing journalists outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning after being released on bail of R10 000, Breytenbach, flanked by her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar, said she only removed private files which contained no information to any case as claimed.

She also rubbished allegations of refusing to hand the laptop over, saying she was acquitted on all charges after an internal disciplinary hearing had been conducted.

“I do believe that these charges are politically motivated. It's got to do with all the litigation the DA is busy with and making it uncomfortable for the ruling party,” Breytenbach told News24.

“I'm looking forward to the trial and I will co-operate the best I can, and I will allow it to run its course. Having it quashed would mean I have something to hide. There is only one way to prove my innocence”.

In a statement on Friday, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said Breytenbach intentionally shredded a number of documents and wiped her laptop clean to avoid presenting evidence.

She was subsequently cleared of the charges before joining the DA in 2014, after being suspended by the NPA two years before for allegedly failing to investigate mining rights matters, and having “improper relations” with a lawyer representing the Sishen mine. Breytenbach however alleged that her wanting to prosecute former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli was the reason for her initial suspension.

Speaking in a statement over the weekend, DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe said the allegations were merely attempts by the African National Congress (ANC) to divert attention away from the troubles involving National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Nomgcobo Jiba.

“The charges for which Adv Breytenbach stands accused were thoroughly traversed in disciplinary hearings against her and all resulted in her acquittal,” Selfe said.

“The ANC and NPA know that the DA has a strong case against Jiba and knowing the Judiciary’s commitment to the Rule of Law will be unfettered by undue political considerations; the NPA is panicking in a thinly veiled move to distract the nation from an NPA boss who is wholly unfit to hold office”.