'Personal' Relationships Detailed in NPA Report on Breytenbach

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BYLINE: Angelique Serrao and Theresa Taylor

JOHANNESBURG: The final report on Glynnis Breytenbach by the National Prosecuting Authority's Integrity Management Unit gives details of her "personal" relationships with a client and an advocate, including their international travel and her feelings toward them.

The report said most of the allegations about her relationships with client Nathan Kirsh and advocate Andre Bezuidenhout were retrieved from deleted letters on Breytenbach's NPA-issued laptop. They had been retrieved through the services of an IT expert.

It refers to four letters which she allegedly addressed to Bezuidenhout dated between September 2010 and August 2011.

In a letter dated September 14, 2010 Breytenbach thanks Bezuidenhout for the wonderful time she had in Morocco with him.

In closing, she says Bezuidenhout is "simply exceptional, an amazing friend and kind beyond words" and that she loves him more than he can imagine.

In another letter, from November 2010, she allegedly said she values Bezuidenhout's presence in her life, but in a letter from April 2011 Breytenbach allegedly says that Bezuidenhout finds their relationship "unbearable and embarrassing" and that she loves him in a much more "comprehensive fashion than wanting to sleep with him".

The report says Breytenbach wrote a letter in support of the application by Bezuidenhout to the Bar Council for silk status.

The report states Breytenbach travelled extensively abroad on private and business trips, going numerous times to London and Jersey in respect of the investigations relating to Nathan Kirsh's complaint. Breytenbach was with Bezuidenhout on at least one trip to London.

"The overseas travel (is) a concern in that she seemed to have met and/or interacted with witnesses in some of the major cases without the knowledge of the investigators, as (Gilounne) Nel alleged, and in some cases her meetings were not in the interests of the state," the report said. …