Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: THE TIMES
Glynnis Breytenbach. Picture: THE TIMES

DEMOCRATIC Alliance (DA) shadow minister for justice Glynnis Breytenbach said she was looking forward to her trial on charges of defeating or obstructing the ends of justice.

"There’s only one way to prove that I’m innocent; quashing the charges will always leave the suspicion that I did something wrong and I haven’t," she said outside the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Ms Breytenbach and her former attorney, Gerhard Wagenaar, were each granted R10,000 bail and the matter was postponed to March 16.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) laid the charges against them for allegedly refusing to hand over Ms Breytenbach’s official laptop to the authority in 2012.

However, Ms Breytenbach said Judge Selby Mbenenge cleared her of her charges at a disciplinary hearing.

"You all witnessed the pathetic performance of the witnesses in my disciplinary (hearing); I deleted nothing, nothing on my computer that wasn’t private and, of course, everything I deleted was on the server," she said.

In 2012, Ms Breytenbach was head of the NPA’s Specialised Commercial Crimes Unit in Pretoria. Her disciplinary hearing came after the NPA accused her of colluding with legal council in a criminal investigation.

She described the court matter as "mildly irritating".

Speaking outside the court, DA mayoral candidate for Tshwane Solly Msimanga said there were political motivations behind Ms Breytenbach’s charges. "This is a desperate attempt by people who know they are losing power," he said.

Mazano Mlambo, a DA member who was present to show her support of Ms Breytenbach, said they were not happy that Ms Breytenbach was appearing in court.

She said she agreed with Mr Msimanga that Ms Breytenbach’s charges were politically motivated, but that the matter had to run its course.