Dr Leopold Scholtz is a former journalist and the author of eight books, including the popular The SADF in the Border War and Ratels on the Lomba. He was deputy editor of Die Burger until 2007 whereafter he headed Media24s European office in the Netherlands. He retired in 2013, but still regularly writes analyses on international politics and current affairs. In 1997 Scholtz was recruited in the Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force where he served as staff officer (captain) at several headquarters. He is a research fellow at Northwest University.