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Rule of Law – Glynnis Breytenbach's memoir

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Rule of Law – Glynnis Breytenbach's memoir

Glynnis Breytenbach discusses her memoir Rule of Law. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

5th October 2017


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Over a legal career spanning 26 years, advocate Glynnis Breytenbach earned a reputation as one of the country’s most formidable state prosecutors, her infamous stare piercing the defences of many.

Now a member of parliament and the Democratic Alliance’s shadow minister for justice, Glynnis finally shares how her life in and out of court shaped her into the outspoken, sometimes hard-headed, always principled woman she is, and the public figure she never wanted to be.


In Rule of Law, Glynnis provides personal commentary on the evolution and importance of an independent judiciary in South Africa, and explains why the rule of law is critical to the foundation and the future of the country.

Her account offers fascinating insights, a critical analysis of some of South Africa’s recent legal and political cliffhangers, and a suggestion as to how the law can help us find a way forward as a country.


‘I was always impressed with the fairness and high level of integrity shown by Glynnis. But, above all, I like the fire in her. She truly has fire in her belly.’ – VUSI PIKOLI

About the author

Glynnis Breytenbach is a former prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa and a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance. She is South Africa’s Shadow Minister of Justice and Correctional Services. In this capacity, she has called for an end to ongoing political interference that has compromised the integrity of the NPA.

Rule of Law – A Memoir is published by Pan Macmillan South Africa


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