DA welcomes acquittal of Glynnis Breytenbach
The party says it has always considered the charges to be have been trumped up
The DA has welcomed the decision by the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court to acquit its MP Glynnis Breytenbach on all the charges she was facing.
"The DA has held that these charges were trumped up from the start. The DA is satisfied that justice has prevailed‚" the party said in a statement on Thursday.
The DA said that magistrate Brian Nemavhidi found that Breytenbach had not broken any law and that the charges preferred against her had no basis.
Breytenbach and her former attorney Gerhard Wagenaar were arrested in March 2016 on four charges of contravening the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act and two of defeating the ends of justice.
The NPA added charges of fraud and perjury to the four that the pair were facing.
The NPA claimed Breytenbach and Wagenaar destroyed official and private data on Breytenbach’s computer in contravention of the NPA Act when Breytenbach was still head of the NPA’s specialised commercial crimes unit in Pretoria.