Alleged rapist feared Kotzé, court hears

2013-06-25 16:09
Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

Johan Kotzé (Picture: Sapa)

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Pretoria - One of Ina Bonnette's alleged rapists told the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday, he was so terrified of her husband that he cried while he lay on top of her pretending to rape her.

Andries Sithole repeated his evidence that he did not rape Bonnette because he could not get an erection.

His penis was in his underpants when he climbed on top of her, he said.

Sithole, Bonnette's ex-husband Johan Kotzé, Pieta Mohlane and Sello Mphaka have pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, raping and attempting to murder Bonnette and murdering her son Conrad on 3 January 2012.

At the time, Bonnette was married to Kotzé, but lived in her own flat.

Bonnette testified earlier that Kotzé sexually tortured her and cut off her nipples while the other three looked on. They then took turns to rape her.

She was also forced to listen to her 19-year-old son beg for his life before Kotzé shot him dead in his rented Modimolle house.

Kotzé admitted using a needle and pliers on Bonnette, but claimed he was beside himself with anger about her infidelity and could not remember exactly what happened.

He admitted handling the .22 rife used to shoot his stepson, but claimed he could not remember pulling the trigger.

Although Bonnette testified that the other three took turns to rape her, they all claimed they could not do so because they could not get erections.

Sithole said in cross-examination that he and the other two were afraid of Kotzé and complied with his instructions because he had threatened them.

He had a revolver and was very aggressive towards them.

Asked by Judge Bert Bam how Kotzé had threatened them, Sithole said Kotzé had a firearm at his side and moved his hand towards it.

Asked if the three of them had not considered overpowering Kotzé while he was busy with his wife, Sithole said he had thought about it. However, he said there was nothing he could do as Kotzé could quickly have reached for his weapon.

He said he would never have contemplated having sex with Bonnette, even if she had consented, because he "did not like white people".

"I love my wife very much and honour her," he said.

Sexually-transmitted infections

Sithole said he knew he could pick up sexually-transmitted infections from having sex with a woman, but was not aware of Bonnette's or his own health status.

He found out only later that he was HIV-positive, but did not know how he had become infected.

He said Kotzé had not asked any of them if they were HIV-positive before ordering them to have sex with his wife.

"After she was tied up, he said we should prepare ourselves. I told him I couldn't. I was afraid. I refused to do it. He could see that I couldn't.

"I was so confused, I was crying. She couldn't see my tears because I had pantyhose over my head, but my tears were flowing when I lay on top of her," he said.

Asked why he had cried, Sithole said he had felt his life was at an end.

The trial continues.

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