The wise men say when you fall of a horse you need to find one and get on again. With me it is writing - easy to do and no big deal - life goes on even in tragedy. It is also to me the same Biblical principle as "throwing your bread on the water" and see what comes back. All my ramblings are designed and written to help people and not about money though I could certainly do with clients for JKLS at this stage. Therefore I am sure God will reveal the next road in due course and take me where I need to be. The world is open and who wants a boring life anyway.
When a reader introduced her organisation to me I realised that that old long haired liberal songwriter Bob Dylan had a good point when he wrote "Blowin in The Wind" back in the 1960's:
"Yes, how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind."
Which brings me to my point - how many times can we ignore signs of abuse amongst children or spouses? Now we saw it during our police days...I was there when that paedophile van rooyen killed himself and his common law wife, leaving us wondering what was going on and explaining to the duty officer that we did not shoot him. In any case, I wrote a short booklet on child and wife abuse which you can download and pass on as you please called Satan's Touch. Why that name? You know I flatly refuse to honour satan with as capital S and here I had to do so in the title...since I believe any fellow doing such things is evil and have to be from the wrong side of heaven. I had no other choice and Devil's Touch was taken. So I wrote the booklet to help stop this disease.
Nevertheless, as you also would know in my ramblings, the law is neutral. It cannot by its own jump up and defend the innocents - it has to be invoked. So unless the child or the abused one or someone (which means you) intervene and get the Act involved the abuse will continue. Hence the booklet is about the signs or patterns of abuse. Very much like that drug abuse booklet it will clearly tell you what to do and what to look for. It cannot be missed or mistaken for anything else.
You know we live in a world which is cruel to the weak. Many of us dedicated our lives in the forces to protect the weak and we still do in our own way. Go to The Pink Ladies Organisation for Missing Children and offer what assistance you can for it is a NGO and registered as a Section 21A company. They will have a brand new website soon and it is something to admire and every bit of help is needed. Do not turn your head again for the wind ma1y blow the evil into your own family.
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. During his police years, he was awarded the South African Police Medal for Combating Terrorism twice besides lesser awards. 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. These days he is the owner of JKLS Africa and Associates, a specialist legal consultancy which specializes in reducing legal risk in sub Saharan Africa. He wrote several 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.