DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach says she pulled out of the race for the position of National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) as this was in the best interests of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Interviews for the position commenced in Pretoria on Wednesday. Breytenbach was part of the initial list of 12 candidates that was shortlisted by a panel assisting President Cyril Ramaphosa with the appointment process. She served as prosecutor for the NPA before joining the DA in 2014. “The national director should be someone who is independent and will prosecute without favour or prejudice and do away with the toxic politicisation that has taken place there [NPA],” Breytenbach said during a news conference in parliament with DA leader Mmusi Maimane. “I have no doubt that I can do that [lead the NPA]. However, having given the matter a lot of thought I cannot escape the perception that I am a politician, and I will bring that perception into that role if I am appointed. I do not b...

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