Wynand du Toit was born in 1958 and grew up on a wheat farm in the Western Cape. He joined the military on a permanent basis in 1977. After obtaining his B. Mil degree (Bachelor’s degree in military science), he successfully underwent Special Forces selection and training. He became a seaborne operator at 4 Reconnaissance Regiment at Langebaan in the Cape from where he partook in several operations until he was captured during a raid on the oil- rich enclave of Cabinda, Angola. After spending two-and-a-half years in solitary confinement in an Angolan prison, he was released during an elaborate prisoner swop in Maputo, Mozambique. He retired from the military at age 31 with the rank of Lieutenant- Colonel.
He excelled as a public and motivational speaker, started farming operations in South Africa, Namibia and Angola while conducting various other projects such as Transportation to Angola, Security Services and commercial construction.
His stint as an Executive Outcomes mercenary in Angola after the end of the border war, served him well to pick up his ties and connections with his previous opponents and captors. He served as Chairman of the Kalkplato Farmers Association in Namibia, represented them as a Labour delegate at the Namibian Farmers Union. He was a member of the Gauteng Master Builders Association, and became the Vice-President of Congo Agriculture in the outset of the farming expedition in the Republic of the Congo .He is currently farming part time on his farm Belle Terre, in the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville).
It was during this period of time that he had decided to start writing his life story in two books, called Judas Goat and Josefskleed. This true-life drama was followed by three more wartime fiction books. His books are in Afrikaans and English.
He is currently writing full time whenever he is not engage in any farm activities in the Congo. His program is furthermore filled with public appearances and motivational addresses.
Wynand was decorated several times and received the National Order of Merit of the Republic of the Congo in February 2014.
Wynand is married to Frances and the couple have two children, a boy called MJ and a girl Beamari. He also has two other children from his first marriage, Klippie du Toit, and Benine du Toit, who has designed all his book covers to date. Klippie is an architect in Nelspruit, South Africa (www.earthswitch.co.za) and Benine an artist residing and operating in the Netherlands. (www.beninedutoit.com).
Frances du Toit (nee Mostert) was born in Kwazulu Natal and grew up in Pretoria where she matriculated at the prestigious Waterkloof High School. After taking a leap year in London, UK, she studied several diplomas at Damelin before she met Wynand. They were married in September of 2006. Frances is Wynand’s personal assistant and she also manages the marketing and sales of Wynand’s books.