Kotzé ‘wanted to hurt woman’

2012-01-13 00:00

HE just wanted to "hurt her a little bit", Johan Kotzé (50) apparently told police yesterday during questioning about the woman he is accused of severely assaulting last week. He also allegedly forced three gardeners to rape her.

Sister paper Beeld has heard that Kotzé told the police what he apparently did to the woman. "It is unreal what he did. It scares one," said one source on condition of anonymity after the investigation.

Kotzé yesterday pointed out various things to the police.

Last Tuesday Kotzé allegedly forced three men to rape a woman in his Church Street home. He allegedly also assaulted her. Pieces of her breasts were apparently cut off and sharp objects used to pierce her silicone breast implants.

Kotzé allegedly also shot and killed his stepson, Conrad Bonnette (19) after phoning him and asking him to come to the house to "discuss something".

Kotzé lived in his Toyota Fortuner for eight days in a wooded area barely two kilometres outside Modimolle while police were searching for him all over the country. He lost some of his teeth when he crashed into a thorn tree near his hide-out on Tuesday night.

He was transferred from the Modimolle police cells to the Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) police cells on Wednesday night.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Kotzé was moved for security reasons.

He will appear in the Modimolle magistrate's court under strict safety precautions today on charges of murder and rape, among other things.

A 42-year-old man suspected of being an accomplice , who was arrested in Hammanskraal outside Pretoria on Wednesday morning, will appear with Kotzé on a rape charge.

Mulaudzi said an extensive search has been launched for the other two men. They were still at large at the time of going to press, but he said police were following leads and hopeful of a breakthrough.

Dirk van der Merwe, the man who called police to arrest Kotzé, said that when the fugitive arrived at his home at about 11.45 am on Wednesday, he looked weary and dishevelled. "He asked me whether he could shower, but I said I would go and make some coffee, and then phoned the police.

"Many things go through your mind. I didn't know whether he might shoot me," said Van der Merwe, a dental technician.

Two detectives arrested Kotzé "quietly", Van der Merwe said.

Kotzé's hair was unkempt, and he had many cuts and scratches on his legs. He was wearing a khaki shirt and shorts and slip-slops and his feet were covered in dirt.

Daughter: Broken but still loyal to her monster dad

KOTZÉ'S 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, who attends school in Bloemfontein, is said to have defended her father.

"He's still my hero, no matter what he has done," the girl told a family friend shortly after her father was arrested on Wednesday.

"She is broken and will have to receive counselling after everything that's happened. He's still her father," said the family friend, a woman who has asked not to be named. The girl apparently visited her father regularly in Modimolle. A photo on her Facebook profile shows Kotzé giving her a kiss on the cheek.

The woman who was raped is still in a place of safety. "She is relieved and very, very glad that he has been caught. She is calmer now, but still crying a lot," said a close female friend.

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