‘Kotzé was mentally stable’

2013-07-17 00:00

THE detailed plans that Johan Kotzé (52) had made to murder the son of his then wife Ina Bonnette contradicted any statement that he was not in full possession of his mental faculties.

This was the crux of the state’s argument in the Pretoria high court yesterday, in which it asked for life-long imprisonment for Kotzé and his three co-accused.

Kotzé shot and killed Bonnette’s son, Conrad (19), at her rented house in Modimolle.

Andries Sithole (45), one of the co-accused, was also found guilty of the murder.

The state argued in court papers that while Sithole played a smaller part in the murder, the fact that he was a willing participant in the planning, and the execution of a teenager he did not even know was especially aggravating.

Kotzé, Sithole, Pieta Mohlane (34) and Frans Mphaka (31) were all convicted of kidnapping and of four charges relating to the rape of Bonnette.

Advocate Retha Meintjes SC said Bonnette was raped and injured by more than one person.

Kotzé had personally raped Bonnette with several penetrating devices, and Meintjes said he had not shown any remorse in court.

Kotzé maintained everything was Bonnette’s fault.

Mohlane and Mphaka had a lesser part in the crimes but shared equal blame for overpowering Bonnette and tying her up.

The state said although Kotzé was responsible for mutilating Bonnette, the deeds of his co-accused contributed to her torture.

She said all the men just left the room, leaving Bonnette bound, gagged and wounded while they knew her son had been shot and was dying in the next room.

The state said the gang rape had been planned in advance.

The possibility that Bonnette could have been infected with HIV and the fact that Sithole turned out to be HIV-positive were also aggravating circumstances.

Kotzé’s motive for the crimes was revenge, after he had accused Bonnette of being unfaithful, while his co-accused committed the crime for financial gain.

The state also submitted a report from a social worker on the effect of the crimes on Bonnette and her daughter, Angelique.

Acting Judge Bert Bam will sentence the accused today.

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