Shot teenager begged for his life, raped woman tells his father

2012-01-06 00:00

THE teenager shot dead by his stepfather in Modimolle (Nylstroom) repeatedly pleaded for his life.

“Oom, please don’t shoot me,” Conrad Bonnette (19) begged his stepfather, Johan Kotze (50), on Tuesday afternoon, Rex Bonnette, Conrad’s father, told Beeld yesterday.

The woman who was allegedly raped by three gardeners who were apparently forced to do so by Kotze, told Rex she heard Bonnette being shot.

Kotze killed Bonnette with a .22 rifle after he phoned him earlier in the day telling him to come to the house as he wanted to “discuss something with him”.

A shot sounded after Bonnette begged Kotze not to shoot him.

“Then Conrad said again, ‘Please Oom, don’t . . .,’” according to his father.

The woman then heard a second shot. “A third shot was also fired. Then everything was quiet,” said Rex.

The woman was tied to a bed with cable ties in a bedroom next to the one in which Bonnette was shot.

There was a white plaster stuck over her mouth.

“Kotze apparently forced the three gardeners at gunpoint to rape the woman. He said he would kill them if they refused,” Rex said.

Rex, who lives in Bela-Bela (Warmbaths), had to go and identify his son at the government mortuary yesterday.

“He had a gun wound in his chest and one in the back of his head,” he said.

Bonnette was a first-year University of Pretoria information technology student. He was one of Limpopo’s top matriculants in 2010, obtaining seven distinctions.

Meanwhile, the massive search for Kotze has been intensified and extended countrywide. He fled in his white Toyota Fortuner (DCS 392 FS).

Limpopo police head of communications Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Kotze is presumably still armed.

Beeld has heard that Kotze has three passports. He apparently has relatives in Namibia and is claimed to have been spotted in the Kimberley area in the Northern Cape.

“We have notified all the border posts about him. He won’t get away,” Mulaudzi said.

The woman was admitted to a Pretoria hospital and operated on yesterday afternoon.

“She can’t even walk properly. He even broke one of her toes,” a friend said.

Kotze apparently also cut off pieces of the woman’s breasts and sodomised her with tools.

“…She is broken and looks terrible,” the friend said.

She is also taking anti-retrovirals and is living in fear that Kotze will track her down and kill her.

Rex said he is grateful that Conrad’s sister, Angelique (16), did not accompany Conrad to the house where the murder took place.

“Kotze said he would have done the same with her,” he said.

The three men who allegedly raped the woman fled on foot. They are still at large.

Kotze left a letter at the house, but its contents are not known.

Anyone with information about the possible whereabouts of the three men and Kotze should contact Colonel Mabisela Mohale at 082 565 8606.

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