Alleged rapist did not see Kotzé's gun

2013-06-27 19:20
Johan Kotze (File: Sapa)

Johan Kotze (File: Sapa)

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Pretoria - One of Ina Bonnette's alleged rapists had an uncle in the police, but never thought of contacting him after being "forced" to "simulate" raping Bonnette, he told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Pieta Mohlake testified he was too afraid of Bonnette's husband, Johan Kotzé, to resist because Kotzé had a firearm.

He admitted he never saw Kotzé's gun after Bonnette entered the room, where she was tortured and gang raped before being forced to listen to her son Conrad, 19, being shot dead.

Kotzé, Mohlake, Andries Sithole and Sello Mphaka have denied guilt to charges of kidnapping, raping and attempting to murder Bonnette, and murdering her son on 3 January 2012, in Kotzé’s Modimolle home.

Although Bonnette testified that Mohlake, Sithole and Mphaka raped her, Mohlake said this would have been impossible because he could not get an erection.

Bonnette testified that although Mohlake had looked slightly scared and had problems getting an erection, she never had the impression he was an unwilling participant.

Mohlake said he was definitely not willing, and raping Bonnette would have been "impossible" because he never had an erection and was "tired and weak".

He said he did not think of phoning his uncle or police, not even after hearing that Conrad had been killed, because he was "surprised" about what had happened.

Although Mohlake repeatedly testified that Sithole was "against" him and had planned the crime with Kotzé, he said he had no problems with Sithole.

"I have forgiven him already for taking us to that place," he said.

To a question by Judge Bert Bam on why they had not defended themselves against Kotzé when he wanted them to do "this ugly thing", Mohlake said they were afraid of Kotzé's firearm.

Read more on:    ina bonette  |  johan kotze  |  andries sithole  |  mahikeng

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