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).
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.
What do your fans mean to you?
You know, when you first publish a book you are excited and cannot wait to hear from readers. Sadly, some take great delight in criticizing everything not realizing (I hope) that the book is like a child to you. Something you worked quite hard on and did your best with. Such negativity can be devastating so I stopped reading reviews. However, mostly and by far the majority you find readers will to take the time to write to you to say how much they enjoyed your ramblings. That really means a lot and makes it worthwhile. Thank you for you kindness and support.
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 any George M James book which is excellent and great spy thrillers / action books. A more modern soldier Dan Mills wrote "Sniper One" which is excellent reading about the Iraq War and then the old favorite "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.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I started a blog, more as a joke than anything else but it seems that people actually liked it. They say there is wisdom in it. Shrug, I don't consider myself that smart or wise but on demand combined all the blogs for 2014 in one book. If it can help someone, then let it do so. :)
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 2015-04-04.
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Books by This Author

JKLS AFRICA Blogs 2014 - 2015
Series: Legal Books, Book 5. Price: Free! Words: 71,850. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 2, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
This is the blogs of the CEO of JKLS Africa between 2014 and 2015. So why should you read it? According to many readers they contain wisdom. Advice which may be of value to you in your journey through life, it deals with law, life and love.
Mean Streets - Life in the Apartheid Police Book 3 - The Laughs
Series: The Mean Streets, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,940. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
This book is the Third Book in the "Means Street Series." More lighthearted than the previous two books, this one recounts the laughs and humorous anecdotes of the Author's service years (1985-1991) in the South African Police Force. The black humor of the policemen may not be to every ones taste but it is nevertheless an entertaining read.
The Practical Cookbook for Single Men - Dating At Last
Series: The Single Man Cookbooks, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 14,850. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » International
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
Series: My American Patriot, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 21,030. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 17, 2014. Categories: 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
Series: My American Patriot, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 28,600. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: 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
Series: Basic Home Security, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 19,340. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: 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
Series: My American Patriot, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 12,530. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: 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. Categories: 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: $2.99 USD. Words: 121,210. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
The second book in the Mean Streets Series, it is a brutally honest and unconventional account of life in the South African Police Force (1985-1991) in the years before Mr Nelson Mandela was released from jail. This one recalls the Author's time on the mean streets of South Africa dealing with violent crime, political uprising and counter terrorism.
The Practical Cookbook for Single Men
Series: The Single Man Cookbooks, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,450. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: October 11, 2013. Categories: 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!
Series: My American Patriot, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 18,870. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: August 10, 2013. Categories: 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: 25,330. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: May 19, 2013. Categories: 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
Series: The Mean Streets, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 188,140. Language: Afrikaans. Published: May 2, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement, Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
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 Suid Afrikaanse Polisie was toe een van die mees gevreesde polisie magte in die wêreld en met rede ook. Dit vertel die verhaal van 'n jong straat polisieman wat sy pad vind op die gewetenlose strate.
Start Typing That Book!
Price: Free! Words: 16,160. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: April 8, 2013. Categories: 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. Do not publish without reading this book.
The Egg Breakers - Counter-Terrorism in Sub Saharan Africa
Series: Legal Books, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 91,340. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Islamic militancy, Nonfiction » History » Africa
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
Series: Legal Books, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 70,910. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: 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
Series: Legal Books, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 73,030. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 2, 2013. Categories: 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
Series: Legal Books, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 84,070. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 21, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Criminals & outlaws, Nonfiction » Biography » Reference
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
Series: Basic Home Security, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 22,280. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: January 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy, Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement
It seems that Society blames the parents of the drug addict for his feebleness in life. In this short book you will not find any sympathy for the drug addict as 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. Categories: 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. Categories: 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: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,550. Language: English (South African dialect). Published: December 28, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Law enforcement, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The first book in the Mean Streets Series, it is a brutally honest and unconventional account of life in the South African Police Force (1985-1991) in the years before Mr Nelson Mandela was released from jail. This one recalls the Author's basic training and other events at the South African Police College in Pretoria.