Mean Streets: Life in the Apartheid Police [NOOK Book]

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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. The South African Police Force had nothing in common with the "Bobby on the street or a Sheriff's Department" but was one of the most feared police forces in the world. Though not everyone will ...

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Mean Streets: Life in the Apartheid Police

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Overview

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. The South African Police Force had nothing in common with the "Bobby on the street or a Sheriff's Department" but was one of the most feared police forces in the world. Though not everyone will agree with the contents, it is fun to read.

Excerpt:
Since you had to do push-ups for every letter received I was occasionally grateful for this lack of correspondence. Other times it hurt to be at mail parade knowing there will be no letters and to get the unasked for looks of sympathy from the rest. Attendance was mandatory so that the Chaplains could observe who the lone wolves were for reasons which I failed to understand. That is how I came to confess to a fatherly concerned Chaplain that (1) I have no girlfriend and thus no letters. (2) I will try to get a girlfriend as soon as possible. (3) I thank you Chaplain for your kind fatherly interest in my lack of a love life. (4) Yes, it sometimes bothers me late at night after too many beers and (5) I do agree that the blonde actress in Top Gun is quite attractive. (6) No Chaplain I don't have a drinking problem either and, again, thank you for your concern.

Readers:
"I've just finished reading your book, excellent read, I really enjoyed it. It has also given me new respect for my step father who was in the SAP dog unit and on the border. Thank you."

"I have just finished reading Mean Streets and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was nice to read about what happened behind the scenes so to speak. I feel that the SAP always gets a bad rap but then again, no-one really knows what they have to deal with on a daily basis. Keep writing and I will keep reading."

"An excellent on the ground police story. Highly recommended."

"This is not your usual troepie book but a thoughtful insight on life inside the SAP during Apartheid."

"Loved the book K. Brought back so many memories. Absolutely worth the read."

"Would like to get a hold of Mr. Kotze via email? I'm busy reading Mean Streets and loving it. Keep up the GREAT work."

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940044217843
  • Publisher: Jacobus Kotze
  • Publication date: 12/28/2012
  • Series: Mean Streets , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 396,795
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Koos Kotze is a former member of the South African Police Force. He served between 1985 and 1991 primarily as a sergeant in the Pretoria Flying Squad. After leaving the Police Force he obtained the law degrees B Iuris & LLB at the University of the Free State (Bloemfontein, South Africa) and was a commercial law attorney for eight years. During his police years he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in hostage survival training and reducing legal risk in Sub Saharan Africa. He also wrote nine books on business, law, counter terrorism and security issues. At times he is asked to participate on the Voice of America regarding legal forensic matters. He is a widower and lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

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