NPA’s charges against Breytenbach a witch-hunt - DA

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 15, 2016

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has reportedly denounced charges by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) that it’s Shadow Minister of Justice and former prosecutor, Glynnis Breytenbach, tried to defeat the ends of justice while still head of the organisation’s specialised crimes unit four year ago.

On Friday, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku said Breytenbach, who is due to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court later today, shredded documents and wiped her laptop clean in an attempt to avoid presenting evidence in a case.

In a statement, DA Federal Chairperson James Selfe labeled the charges as “nothing but a witch-hunt” to district attention away from the ongoing saga surrounding troubled National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Nomgcobo Jiba.

“The African National Congress (ANC) in chorus with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is once again using this as a cheap political gimmick to mask its own record of dealing with its own questionable characters,” Selfe said in reference to earlier comments made by ANC spokesperson Moloto Mothapo.

“The charges for which Adv. Breytenbach stands accused were thoroughly traversed in disciplinary hearings against her and all resulted in her acquittal. If the ANC is serious about Adv. Breytenbach, it must walk the talk and take swift action against those in their own ranks who have their own transgressions being probed by various investigative bodies”.

On Sunday, Mothapo remarked that the DA needs to suspend Breytenbach as the NPA is unlikely to seek intervention from the court without a substantive motif.

“Breytenbach, along with her party, should welcome the charges as a valuable opportunity to clear her name before a neutral Court if she is not guilty as she claims,” Mothapo said.

“The DA should be doing what it usually preaches and immediately suspend Breytenbach until the conclusion of the Court process. It would be undesirable to have someone continuing to serve as an MP, and even worse, a Shadow Minister of Justice, while facing such serious criminal charges”.

In an interview with News24, Breytenbach said she was unaware of the exact charges, but that she is ready to go to court.

 

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