No mercy, crowd calls as Kotzé appears in court

2012-01-14 00:00

JOHAN Kotzé and his co-accused face 17 charges, including murder and attempted murder.

There are seven charges of rape. Senior prosecutor Renier van Rooyen said Kotzé is charged because he allegedly used various tools to rape and sodomise his estranged wife.

Under the Sexual Offences Act, any forcible sexual penetration amounts to rape. His victim was yesterday named as Ina Bonnette, who has given her permission to be identified in the media. In SA law, rape victims are not normally identified.

While Kotzé and one co-accused were appearing in court, police arrested another man in Hammans­kraal near Pretoria. He will appear in the Modimolle court on Monday.

About 100 people demonstrated outside the court, carrying signs that read: “No bail, no mercy for the monster” and “Hang the mad dog”.

A small group of protesters, mostly members of the ANC Women’s League, stormed the police station about a block away, wanting to drag Kotzé out of his cell. Police removed them.

Limpopo MEC for Health and Social Development, Dikeledi Magadzi, also attended the court hearing. “It is very emotional for us as women. If you injure one woman, you injure all women. We are happy they didn’t get bail.”

Magistrate Hannes Stoffberg told the two men they will remain in custody until February 10. Both asked for legal aid. Because they face category six charges, the onus is on the accused to prove why they should be released on bail.

Stoffberg told them bail will be very difficult as the normal reasons, such as having families to support, will not be accepted.

Kotzé and the other accused will be held at the Bela-Bela police cells.

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