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 500 million US dollars worth of ransom 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.
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 politicized? I tried to explain in the book which caused a lot of comments - mostly positive I am grateful to say. Note 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 practiced law at probably the most well-known Human Rights law firm in Africa - I changed my own views considerably because of that.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in what is known today as Namibia, and then South West Africa. Our town was very small (still is and then known as Welwitschia and later on Khorixas). There were less than 20 of us in the whole school, which meant we filled just one class room. Later we moved to Katima Mulilo, right next to the Zambezi River in the Eastern Caprivi. My father was a regional court magistrate (for Americans - like a district court judge) and we moved quite a bit before I left school in East London (South Africa). I also spent years in a small town called King William's Town, which became infamous for the initial assault on well-known activist Steve Biko. All this meant we always had firearms or access to firearms, and the usual small town influences formed me into what I am today - reasonably conservative in outlook - and it shows in my books.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
There are some books which can be read time and time again. First on my list, except the Bible, would be "Street without Joy" by Dr Bernard Fall which is about the war in Indochina where France lost 97 000 men. Secondly the "Memoirs of General Ulysses S Grant" which is excellent and a study in humility. A more modern soldier Dan Mills wrote "Sniper One" which is excellent reading about the Iraq War and then the old favourite "Bravo Two Zero" by Andy McNab as he calls himself. On the fiction front I think I read "The Little Drummer Girl" by John Le Carre 54 times and always have time for Alistair Maclean's "South by Java Head & Fear is the Key" and many more. My library is close to 1000 paper books and a lot more in electronic format.
You 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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As you know, my wife and soul mate went to heaven recently. I went through considerable anguish and grief because of that. Still do in fact. But life goes on and I wrote Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police Book 3 The Laughs, so that the lighter side of being a cop in those years is on record. Unlike the previous two books in the Mean Street Series this one is not serious. If you get the jokes you will laugh a lot. If not, you will be shocked.

The second cookbook - The Practical Cookbook for Single Men - Dating at Last - is a bit of a misnomer for I am not dating anyone. I love my wife no matter whether she is on earth or in heaven. However the first cookbook was a phenomenal success with tens of thousands downloads across the web. Many asked for another one where the widower / single man is dating again and need to impress his date. I included things like which wine to choose and good table manners. It is a fun cookbook, easy recipes and designed to mix and match dishes from romantic picnics to breakfast. I am sure it will be well received.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
These days it is a matter of "en brera" which means I have no choice. Life goes on and so it is. I suppose faith and the hope of making a difference somewhere. I know my books mean a lot to many - that is always inspiring. My business, JKLS Africa, is also my life now and keeps me fairly busy.
Which book should I read first?
I am asked this question a lot and am not sure what to answer for it depends what you are interested in. If you want to know about the South African Police Force (an army in disguise) read the Mean Streets series. If interested in what the law has to say about relationships then The Circle of Life may be the one. If you wish to protect your family against banksters you have to read Your Worst Enemy and if interested in soul mate love - Better Men.

All my books are nonfiction and I don't have the imagination to write fiction so your choices are a bit limited. They all are uncompromisingly honest and to the point and in the first person. Many say it is as if I am talking to the reader which is not far from the truth. I imagine my late wife across from me and I tell the story. Is that simple to me to write a book and many will tell you they laughed a lot reading them.

The two cookbooks are also nice as long as you realize it is simple and basic food with locally available ingredients any man would be able to understand. It is not supposed to win the next great chef reward.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, and that is simply because my late wife gave me one on St Valentines day, 2012.
Published 2014-09-16.
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Books by This Author

Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police Book 3 - The Laughs
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Series: The Mean Streets, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 59,060. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
The third book in the Mean Streets Series, it is not as serious as the first two books. This one recalls the laughs and the amusing incidents during the Author's time with the South African Police Force (1985-1991). Though not everyone will agree with the policemen's sense of humor, it is fun to read.
The Practical Cookbook for Single Men - Dating At Last
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Series: My American Patriot, Book 6. Price: Free! Words: 15,260. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 29, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks
This fun cookbook is the sequel of the Authors popular "The Practical Cookbook for Single Men." In this book the widower / single man starts dating. He needs recipes which are easy to get with locally available ingredients. It includes chapters on which wine to use with what food & good table manners.
When the Tears Stop
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Series: My American Patriot, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 21,030. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 17, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Death, Grief, Bereavement
A practical book to cope with the death of a soul mate it looks at what the Bible says about death, resurrection and the New Jerusalem (heaven). This honest booklet delves into the Word and Heart of God and gives hope to the hurting, suffering, grieving and mourning...
Better Men
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Series: My American Patriot, Book 2. 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
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Series: Basic Home Security, Book 4. 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
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Series: My American Patriot, Book 1. 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
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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)
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Series: The Mean Streets, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 132,200. 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
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Series: My American Patriot, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 13,450. 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!
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Series: My American Patriot, Book 4. 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
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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
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Series: The Mean Streets, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 200,500. 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!
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Series: Basic Home Security, Book 3. 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
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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
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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
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Series: The Mean Streets, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 100,480. 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.