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'Breytenbach |is a gutsy lady'

June 19, 2014

The report alleges that Breytenbach and Bezuidenhout became business partners in a British Virgin Islands-based business, to which Kirsh gave an R11m loan on Breytenbach's request.

Deleted files on Breytenbach's computer showed correspondence between people who were working together to invest in a tow bar business. Breytenbach would have a 10 percent stake in the company.

Speaking from the south of France, Kirsh called his involvement as "benign or obscure".

"I help more people than I can think about… I'm extremely rich and one of the big advantages of being rich is I can help people… It's the only pleasure I have out of being very rich.

"There was nothing that Glynnis could do for me," he said. "From my perspective she's a gutsy lady who is prepared to take on the establishment, and the establishment is not always kosher and they just want to get rid of her," he said.

The report details Breytenbach's close relationship with Bezuidenhout. It refers to a letter in which Breytenbach allegedly said she had "always been trying to promote his interests". She allegedly motivated for Bezuidenhout to be appointed by the NPA on a retainer of R480 000 a month, and wrote to the Bar Council for him to get silk status.

Marius Redelinghuys, the DA spokesman, said yesterday the party would be able to comment on the report only once they had studied it in full.

Breytenbach said she had not seen the draft report or the final report.

"I cannot comment on something I have not had the opportunity to read," she said. "With regard to your questions as to the allegations contained therein, I reject them with contempt."

Cape Argus

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Source: Cape Argus (South Africa)

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