Interview with Jacobus Kotze

You mention your "American Patriot" in every book and article. Who is she?
She was my wife and soul mate in life but for professional reasons (she worked for the US Navy) I could not reveal her real name. Sufficient to say that I would never have written anything if she did not support me and she read everything I wrote first. I often mention her in my books and will keep on doing so. I am very sad to say she died age 41 on 21 May 2014 after a short illness. On request from my readers a short tribute to her is available online but be warned - it is very moving. Her passing makes no difference to me - I will always love and cherish her. Death has no meaning to soul mates - the love continues.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am the owner of JKLS Africa & Associates, an independent and exclusive legal consultancy based in South Africa with associate offices in London (UK) and Lagos (Nigeria). Mostly we look at legal risk reduction and we are very unconventional. For instance we brief businessmen, travellers and other on how to survive as a hostage in Africa. Not a politically correct topic but since 500m dollars worth of ransoms were paid out in 2012 for this type of thing the need is great. Note this does not make Africa more dangerous than any other third world continent - you just need to know how to conduct yourself. Anyway, it never takes me longer than 6-8 weeks to write a book. Some say they can see that also! :)
Why did you first start writing?
I was annoyed (some say angry) when I wrote my first book, "Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police." After 1994 when the new South Africa came into being, a flood of books were published by former soldiers, policemen and everyone else no-one ever heard about before. A few of these books were so politically correct that it was beyond belief and hence we read of marijuana smokers (and worse) in the Security Forces....quite frankly that never happened where I was. I felt history was distorted for the sake of serving their political correct god which strangely enough only came out after 1994. I suppose it is a sign of the times that by that stage everyone was against Apartheid which is of course nonsense. Many supported it wholeheartedly including the clergymen and academics. Anyway, none of my books are politically correct. Shrug,

I wrote "Mean Streets" brutally frank and uncompromising because that is how it was in those days but it is also a very humane story which made readers "laugh, cry and shook their heads in astonishment." The South African Police Force did become an "instrument of terror" and it was feared by all and with good reason. But you must ask yourself how did that happen? How did a police force which was once highly respected by the population became so politicised? I tried to explain in the book which caused a lot of comments - mostly positive I am grateful to say. Note however that none of my books is in any way, shape or form an apology for Apartheid. In fact it is a warning against social injustice. After 1994 I spend years at university (college) and then practised law at probably the most well-known human rights law firm in Africa - I changed my own views considerably because of that.
After all the books and articles you say you are not an author?
My grammatical errors caused a lot of criticism from a few readers (justifiably so) who took great delight in showing off their remarkable editing abilities! :) As a native Afrikaans speaker writing in English it was bound to happen though it should be remembered that South African English is not the same as American or what is known as Standard English. I do not consider myself to be an author and do not make a living of it either. My books are free of charge (and all articles) because they are written to assist those who cannot afford such advice in the first place. Either the reader will love my style of writing or will not as none of my works are designed to please the literary folk or critics. I could not care less.
Why for free? Some of the books and articles saved lives and are worth money!
Yes, true! Some of the articles like "Basic Home Security" saved quite a few lives according to emails I received from readers. Others like "The Drug Addict Pattern" are downloaded thousands of times and certainly assisted the real victims of drug abuse which is the parents / loved ones. I feel that some topics are so important that money should not be asked for it. For instance my book "Your Worst Enemy" is about banksters and your legal rights against them when you fall on hard times and their hounds of hell (debt collectors) come after you. It will show you how to push back and make it so expensive for them that they would rather slunk away and bother someone else. This type of advice can be found at any lawyer's office but not for free, and when you are down on your luck, you simply cannot afford lawyers. It is ironic and used against you by the banksters.

Personally I believe all lawyers are overpaid to begin with (law is not rocket science - ask me - I practised it long enough) so I decided to explain to the banksters victims how to fight back free of charge. It is all about equal treatment in front of the law and having the knowledge to avoid abuse. Unfortunately, being free also means some think it is not worth reading. Shrug, you just cannot win every time. It gives me great satisfaction to know I helped many thousands to survive and regain their pride.
Does equal treatment in front of the law actually exists? You sounded doubtful in your book "Tricks of Trade - Memories of a Rogue Lawyer"
I said in that book that rich people are treated more equal than poor ones for they can afford to play the game with lawyers and spin doctors. I highlighted the scams used by lawyers to gain more fees as well as the scams the overseas investor is tricked into when doing business in Africa. It is well known anyway what they are up to. You have to remember though that the law itself is neutral and for you to use or abuse. It works both ways depending of what you do with it.
In your eBook "The Egg Breakers - Counter Terrorism in Sub Saharan Africa" you stated that it is not a big deal to assassinate a President? Surely that would raise red flags everywhere!
I said that but I said it from a counter-terrorism viewpoint. Obviously I wish no harm to any president now or in the future. What I meant was that he can be replaced within minutes since that is the way the system is designed to work in a democracy. As an "act of terrorism" it is always a home goal for it brings the nation together and does not create chaos or anything but a lot of hate against the attacker / terrorist.Conversely, when a terrorist leader is assassinated the damage is much worse...they are not geared to have a new leader within minutes. By the way, I call all politicians, whether they are from the right or the left, "long haired liberals", much to a few of them's disgust.
You also said third world aid is a scam which is costing America and the West a lot of goodwill?
I said that in several books. My view is that the aid money is paid to the political and social elite who either steals it or mismanage it in such a way that it hardly ever reaches the ones destined for. You can show me nothing which was built with that money and it is now seen as a "right" and no gratefulness is shown towards the donation country at the UN either. It is too complicated to answer fully in this short answer but it is also costing the West a lot of intelligence on the War on Terror for the average fellow, who knows who the terrorists are amongst them, only see the same old scam going on without any benefit to him. So he keeps quiet and neutrality in any war favors the other side. In fact, neutrality is the last thing the West can afford in the War on Terror. The money is also used to buy fish instead of teaching the African to fish which is creating resentment on ground level. As said none of my books are politically correct.
What do your fans mean to you?
Because of my books and articles I met a lot of good folk in many different countries. Not sure if they are "fans" but they tend to be nice and supporting of my books. It certainly means a lot to me when readers write to me with positive commentary or just to say hi. Please feel free to do so for you are not bothering me at all. It is rather strange how different people become when they hear you wrote books! Is not that serious in my eyes and something anyone can do. If you feel the need to write a book - just do so and publish it online. Join the club and be happy. No one is going to reject you - those days are long gone.
Published 2014-07-14.
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Books by This Author

Better Men
Price: Free! Words: 28,600. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Absentee parents
This is a book for both men and women about relationships in the modern world. It looks at soul mate love as well as what is expected from men i.e. to fulfil the natural leadership role in his household in terms of finance, religion, good manners and house chores.
Satan's Touch
Price: Free! Words: 17,800. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 11, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Child abuse
This booklet is about child and spouse abuse. It covers the pattern of abuse in children as well in the abuser which shows clearly when you know what to look for. Further it deals with spouse abuse and the law. You have many options to protect yourself and your family.
My American Patriot - A Tribute
Price: Free! Words: 15,470. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 31, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Other biographies
The author mentioned his wife in all his books and thus she became known to thousands of readers as his "American Patriot." Regrettably she passed away on 21 May 2014 after a short illness and many readers asked for a tribute - to find out more about this remarkable lady. This then is the tribute to my American Patriot, wife and soul mate.
Security Plan for Basic Home Security
Series: Basic Home Security, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 16,690. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 7, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » True Crime » General crimes
This book is the logical sequel of the author's popular Basic Home Security eBook published in May 2013. Because of public demand it gives you the checklists you need to implement the security advice given in Basic Home Security. This is the definitive guide on how to establish a working security plan for your home.
Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police (Book 2 The Mean Streets)
Series: The Mean Streets, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 132,180. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: February 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
A brutally honest account of life in the Apartheid Police in the five years before Mr Nelson Mandela was released from jail in South Africa. It tells the story of a young cop finding his way on the mean streets of South Africa dealing with violent crime, political uprising and counter insurgency. This is the second book of two and deals with his time policing the mean streets of South Africa.
The Practical Cookbook for Single Men
Price: Free! Words: 22,370. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » African
This cookbook is for men who are suddenly alone, whether by choice, divorce or death and need to take over the kitchen duties in a hurry. Something they have last done decades ago before marriage. Therefore it is neither fancy nor advanced in anyway, just simple and easy to cook meals using locally available ingredients.
About Your Last Will and Testament!
Price: Free! Words: 29,620. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 10, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Law » Estates & Trusts
This short article is about the pitfalls in allowing your worst enemy (banksters) to draft your "last will and testament" on your behalf for they will enter clauses which will cost your widow needless money afterwards. Based on 22 years of legal practise and law enforcement experience the contents are not fiction and deals with a recent case.
Basic Home Security
Series: Basic Home Security, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 36,250. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
This is a short article on the different ways to protect your house against armed robbers. Written for the South African market it may sound extreme to the rest of the world. Crime statistics show that armed robberies take place every day where the house owners are beaten up and or murdered. The wife raped and the children abused. Torture is common and the successful prosecution rate less than 8%.
Gewetenlose Strate - Lewe in die Apartheid Polisie
Price: Free! Words: 200,510. Language: Afrikaans. Published: May 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
Hierdie boek is nie jou gewone "troepie" boek nie maar 'n seldsame blik op die lewe in die Suid Afrikaanse Polisie Mag in die vyf jaar voor Mnr. Nelson Mandela vrygelaat is in Suid-Afrika. Die SAP was toe een van die mees gevreesde polisie magte in die wêreld en met rede ook. Gewetenlose Strate is outobiografies en gebaseer op feite. Dit is nie fiksie nie.
Start Typing That Book!
Price: Free! Words: 29,240. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: April 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
This is a short article on what pitfalls the author experienced when he published his first books online. It gives valuable advice to the prospective writer in what to do and how to deal with negative reviews which is part and parcel of any book. Simply put, negative reviews are necessary for sales and not a big deal unless you allow it to become more important than what it is.
The Egg Breakers - Counter-Terrorism in Sub Saharan Africa
Price: Free! Words: 93,240. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Islamic militancy
It is not generally known that Sub Saharan Africa has a long tradition of successful counter-terrorism operations. During the 1950's to 1989 many operations took place in Colonial Kenya, Rhodesia and Apartheid South Africa. This book is not fiction and read in Military Academies of 5 countries. It also warns on the lack of good intelligence on the War of Terror in Sub Saharan Africa.
The Circle of Life
Price: Free! Words: 74,310. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: February 24, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Law » Family law
The Circle of Life touches everyone who ever fell in love for it follows the pattern of betrothal, marriage, divorce or death. But what does the law say about relationships? What are your rights as a spouse? Does the rule of thumb to punish a wayward wife really exist in law? Based upon the legal cases he handled over the last two decades the contents are not fiction.
Your Worst Enemy
Price: Free! Words: 76,490. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 2, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Banks & banking
This book is about the scandalous way defaulters are treated by their banksters (your worst enemy) once they fall on hard times and cannot pay their installments anymore. There are many legal rights which offer good protection against this abuse and this book explains them all in clear non-legalese English. Based on cases he dealt with in the past 15 years this is not fiction.
Tricks of Trade - Memories of a Rogue Lawyer
Price: Free! Words: 86,230. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws
The author said in his other book Mean Streets -Life in the Apartheid Police "that it is never good advice to see a lawyer for they are only good at taking your money and give long boring explanations on why you do not see tangible results for your case." It cannot be denied that hard working honest folk is scammed every day. This book is about the scams encountered by his clients in Africa.
The Drug Addict Pattern
Price: Free! Words: 35,140. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy
It seems that Society blames the parents of the drug addict for his feebleness in life. In this short article you will not find any sympathy for the drug addict for we deal with the real victims which are the abused parents. It shows you how to spot a drug addict for they all manifest the same pattern which is impossible to hide. We answer the legal questions which go with drug abuse.
Issues of Faith
Price: Free! Words: 8,020. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 31, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Faith
Christian faith is under attack these days. Many will not speak about their faith because of political correctness or fear of persecution. The Author is a Believer and state so very clearly in all his books and articles. But it was a journey through hell to become one and this short article notes the lessons (rules) he learned during that journey during the previous ten years.
Weight Issues
Price: Free! Words: 22,700. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Eating Disorders
I lost 126 pounds with the least amount of effort during the last 12 months. How did I do it and not regained any? This short Guide will tell you.It is not rocket science and anyone can do it by following the simple steps in this guide.
Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police
Series: The Mean Streets, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 100,510. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 28, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
A brutally honest and unconventional account of life in the Apartheid Police in the five years before Mr Nelson Mandela was released from jail in South Africa. It tells the story of a young cop finding his way on the mean streets of South Africa dealing with violent crime, political uprising and counter insurgency. This is the first book of two and about his training at the Police College.