Adv Glynnis Breytenbach Biography, Age, Education, Husband, Parliament, Family, Legal Career & Net Worth

Basic Information

Stage Name: Adv Glynnis Breytenbach
Real Name: Glynnis Breytenbach
Occupation: Lawyer, Prosecutor, Advocate, Politician, Legislator, Author
Date Of Birth/Age: 09 August 1960 (63 Years Old
Place of Birth: Kimberley, South Africa
Gender: Female
Nationality: South African
Marital Status:
Education: University of South Africa


Glynnis Breytenbach is a South African lawyer, prosecutor, advocate, politician, legislator, and author. She is a former prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa, a Member of Parliament for the Democratic Alliance (DA), and South Africa’s Shadow Minister of Justice. Breytenbach called for an end to the ongoing political interference that has compromised the integrity of the NPA.

The media extensively covered her protracted dispute with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) over her suspension in 2012 from its Specialised Commercial Crime Unit. She published a memoir, “Rule of Law,” in 2017, and in 2018, was shortlisted for the National Director of Public Prosecutions post at the NPA. She later withdrew her candidacy. Breytenbach has been a member of the South African Parliament since 2014.


Adv. Glynnis Breytenbach was born on 09 August 1960. She celebrated her 62nd birthday on August 09, 2022.


In her memoir, Glynnis writes about studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand but not finishing because she changed her mind. She wanted to study Law instead. At 22 or 23, she enrolled at the University of the Free State (now the University of South Africa) for her B. Juris – my Bachelor of Law. 


There is no information about Glynnis’ husband on the internet.

In 2012, she was accused of having an affair with Joburg advocate Mike Hellens SC. They both slammed the allegations, claiming it was because she was unbiased at her job.  Hellens said,

“I am a happily married man with a wife, but of course, she understands that it’s politics,”

“They said I had an unnaturally close relationship with her. That suggested that I had an affair with her. I have never had an affair with Glynnis. I have known her for probably 25 years.” Glynnis also concurred.


Glynnis tells News24, “It can be hideously frustrating working in Parliament, but I work with great people. I think we’re doing great things and making a real difference. We’re going to turn this country around.” She has been a member of Parliament since 2014. She is a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

She has been a member of the following committees;

Joint Constitutional Review Committee

Joint Committee on Ethics and Members Interests

Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services

PC on Justice and Correctional Services

Constitutional Review Committee

Nkandla Ad Hoc Committee

Ad Hoc Committee on amending Section 25 of the Constitution

Ad Hoc Committee on the Appointment of Public Protector


Glynnis Breytenbach is a dog mom. She owns three German Shepards: Keika, Frisco, and Rafi, named after Rafael Nadal. She also drives a bullet-proof car.

Glynnis has a property in Pretoria, where she keeps her horses.

In her memoir, Glynnis talks about her family. She wrote that she was told that her grandmother’s heritage was Jewish and that her family originated from Eastern Europe. When they arrived in South Africa, they decided not to live like Jews or raise their children in Jewish ways. About her family’s decision, she wrote, “I believe you can’t hide from what you are, and you shouldn’t. But it’s easier to say that from where I am rather than from where they were.”

Legal Career

Glynnis is a former prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa. She was suspended by acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba from her position as a regional head at the NPA’s Specialised Commercial Crime Unit (SCCU) on the basis of a complaint laid by a company called Imperial Crown Trading. She claimed she was suspended because she had pursued the prosecution of the former head of the police’s Crime Intelligence Division, Richard Mdluli, on fraud and corruption charges.

Net Worth

The net worth of Adv Glynnis Breytenbach is unknown to the public. However, she is known for her honesty and does not say much about money.

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