Police ask ‘rape’ trio to come forward

2012-01-11 00:00

THE police have appealed to the three men allegedly forced at gunpoint to rape a woman in Modimolle, Limpopo, to come forward.

Spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the three were also victims of a crime. “We don’t know what has happened to them. They are possibily traumatised. They have nothing to fear but we need their help,” he said.

It appears the three are illegal immigrants from Zimbabwe.

There is still no sign of Johan Kotzé, who allegedly picked up the men to do garden work, and then forced them to gang rape the woman.

At the same time, he allegedly shot dead his stepson, Conrad Bonnette (19).

Bonnette’s father, Rex Bonnette, is meanwhile going to ask retired detective Piet Byleveld to help in the search for Kotzé.

Byleveld told Beeld on Monday he would get involved if asked to do so by the family.

There is still no sign of Kotzé a week after the crime.

Beeld understands that shortly after the attacks, his cellphone signal was detected in the Radium area, between Bela-Bela (Warmbaths) and Pretoria, before it moved back towards Modimolle. The cellphone was then switched off.

It was earlier reported that the signal was detected at Vryburg in the Northern Cape, but police could not confirm this.

No money has been withdrawn from Kotzé’s bank accounts.

The tracking device in his white Toyota Fortuner (DCS 392 FS) has been switched off.

“He’s an arrogant man. Someone is definitely helping him,” said a person close to the investigation yesterday.

Meanwhile, the woman has been released from a Pretoria hospital where she was operated on for internal injuries and is staying in a place of safety.

“She is very tired and doesn’t want to speak to anyone,” said a close friend.

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