Former prosecutor now a Democratic Alliance member of parliament is expected to appear in court again on April 8, after two additional charges were levelled against her by the NPA.
The charges were added when Breytenbach briefly appeared at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court.
She was initially charged for allegedly contravening the National Prosecutions Authority (NPA) Act.
In 2012 Glynnis Breytenbach was internally investigated by NPA for misconduct.
In 2013, she was cleared of some 15 charges. She was later transferred from her post as regional head of the specialized commercial crimes unit. Afterwards, she joined the DA and became the party’s Justice spokesperson.
Meanwhile, after appearing in court on Wednesday March 16, Breytenbach said the two additional charges levelled against her by the NPA are nonsense.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Wednesday that two additional charges of fraud and perjury had been added to the initial charge sheet.
“I still believe it’s politically motivated and the two additional charges are in my view nonsense,” she said on Wednesday.
We will remember that the NPA had earlier denied having any knowledge of the charges in February.
Also then, the Hawks and the NPA claimed to know nothing about a report that Breytenbach could be charged with corruption because of tender interference.
“There is no docket,” Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said in February.
Also, NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku clearly told News24 at the time: “We bear no knowledge of that.”
But, surprisingly, NPA’s Mfaku confirmed the charges on Wednesday.
“Additional charges of fraud and perjury have been added. She has been given an indictment and everything related to the matter,” said Mfaku.
The other charges she faces are those of obstruction and defeating the ends of justice.
The NPA alleged that the former prosecutor tore relevant papers and wiped clean her laptop when she manned the organisation’s specialised commercial crimes unit.
The NPA noted that her lawyer, Gerhard Wagenaar, had refused to hand over her laptop, which was believed to contain evidence related to a case.
Glynnis Breytenbach was a former prosecutor with the National Prosecuting Authority.
The ANC had earlier called on the DA to suspend Breytenbach after the NPA laid charges against her.
Reacting at that time, the DA said she will not be suspended, as those who called for her suspension had a politically driven motive against her.
However, she is out on R10 000 bail