DA MP and former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach and her lawyer were on Monday expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on charges of obstruction and defeating ends of justice.
According to the National Prosecuting Authority, the matter relates to an NPA investigation in 2012 in which Breytenbach was investigated for misconduct.
The NPA claims Breytenbach allegedly shredded relevant papers and wiped clean her laptop while she was still the head of the organisation’s specialised commercial crimes unit.
“She and her lawyer Gerhard Wagenaar refused to hand over her laptop which was believed to contain evidence related to the case. She then wiped out her official laptop and shredded vital information connected to the investigation,” NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told News24.
When contacted by News24 last week, Breytenbach said she knew about her pending court case.
“I don’t know what they are charging me for, but I am aware that I have to be in court on Monday. That is all I can say to the media,” she said
Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance has stated that it will be backing Breytenbach.
The party has accused both the ANC and NPA of going on a “witch-hunt” against Breytenbach to cause a diversion from the matters the DA was pursuing against the prosecuting authority’s deputy head, Nomgcobo Jiba.[Source: News24]