South Africa 15.2.2016 11:30 am

VIDEO: Breytenbach says she is innocent

DA member of parliament Glynnis Breytenbach walks in to be sworn in during the first sitting of the 5th democratic parliament in Cape Town, 21 May 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

DA member of parliament Glynnis Breytenbach walks in to be sworn in during the first sitting of the 5th democratic parliament in Cape Town, 21 May 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The case against DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach has been postponed at the Pretoria Magistrates’ court.

This will allow for a magistrate to be appointed and disclosure of the docket.

The former National Prosecuting Authority NPA prosecutor was in the dock this morning and appeared confident dressed in a black shirt and pants. Her co accused Gerhard Wagenaar, her lawyer, however appeared more tense.

The pair are facing two counts of defeating the ends of justice and four counts of contravention of section 42 of the NPA act. The duo handed themselves in at the Pretoria Central Police Station just before 7am.  Just after 8am they were escorted to the court by Hawks officials.

The NPA bright forward the charges on Friday alleging Breytenbach wiped her laptop and shredded other evidence relating to a case she was investigating in 2012. An internal disciplinary process found her not guilty of the same charges now been brought forward.

Speaking outside court after being released on R10 000 bail Breytenbach said she believed the charges were politically motivated and brought forward at a convenient time.
She said she would not interfere with the trial process and was looking forward to heading to court.

“I deleted nothing on my computer that wasn’t private. And everything I deleted was on the server so it was t destroyed it was on the server. This is a process I will follow through because it’s the only way to prove I’m innocent.”

 

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