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Cops hunting Kotzé accomplices

2012-01-12 12:31

Johannesburg - The search was on for two men who were allegedly forced at gunpoint to assault the estranged wife of Johan Kotzé, Limpopo police said Thursday.

"We have information. We know their whereabouts, investigators are tracking them down," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"They are somewhere in the republic [South Africa], we do not want to say much," he said.

Kotzé, 50, allegedly forced three men at gunpoint, believed to be his workers, to participate in the attack. He is also stands accused of killing the woman's son by shooting him in the chest and head.

One of the three workers, a 42-year-old man, was arrested in Makapanstad near Hammanskraal north of Pretoria on Wednesday. He was expected to appear before the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Lived in car

Kotzé who had been evading arrest for a week was arrested in Modimolle on Wednesday at a friend's home.

He evaded police for a week by living in his car in the bush outside Modimolle in Limpopo, reports stated on Thursday.

While a national and international manhunt was underway for him, Kotzé was hiding just outside the town in Limpopo where the alleged crime was committed.

Police circulated his photograph after the attack on January 4.

On Tuesday night, Modimolle resident Surinda du Preez, who was driving around to try and get her toddlers to fall asleep, saw his white Toyota Fortuner.

"I had stopped at a stop street when I saw a white Toyota Fortuner with Free State number plates. I immediately became suspicious, but was scared and drove on," she told The Star newspaper.

However, she became convinced it was Kotzé and started driving around looking for him.

She saw the vehicle in a supermarket's parking lot and saw him inside, buying cooldrink, water and two tins of bully beef.

"I went cold. I couldn't move or breathe. I just stared at him, and then the panic hit me."
She raced off and alerted the police.

Friend called police

At the same time, her husband Anton and her brother-in-law Werner du Preez alerted community police forum members.

The two men started searching disused 4x4 roads outside Modimolle, and saw Kotzé’s SUV, which had crashed into a tree.

Police helicopters were deployed to search for him. The police were convinced he was on foot.

Beeld newspaper reported that, on Wednesday morning, Kotzé walked to the home of Dirk van der Merwe, a friend of his in Modimolle,

"Ek het my gat afgeskrik [I got the fright of my life]," said Van der Merwe.
"All he said to me was: 'We need to talk'."

Van der Merwe said he would go and make coffee, but he called the police instead, ending a week-long manhunt.

Comments
  • Anton - 2012-01-12 12:44

    "We know their whereabouts, they are somewhere in the Republic." Now where did I hear that before? Until the public identify them, the police will just waste petrol by driving in circles. My guess would be Makapanstad.

      procold2 - 2012-01-12 12:54

      the first guy has aready told SAP where they are,these guys are under their noses, just go and fetch them.

      Daniel - 2012-01-12 14:23

      Maybe even in Modimolle !!

  • Kate - 2012-01-12 12:54

    Seriously! - You know they are "somewhre" in the Republic (of South Africa)- Hot on their heels you are!

      stefani.devilliers - 2012-01-12 13:59

      Whahaha Kate!

      Farai - 2012-01-13 08:44

      Kate police...clearly the police are not saying what they know bcoz it will blow their case or chase!

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-12 13:08

    Why don't they hand themselves in? They are victims.......aswell

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-12 13:19

      The should have handed themselves immediately if they are victims

      Heiku - 2012-01-12 13:25

      How do you manage an erection with a gun pointed to your head with a woman in front of you tied to a bed....

      Adri - 2012-01-12 13:41

      Maybe they're not South African citizens.

  • Dexter - 2012-01-12 13:15

    I get that what they where forced to do, was a crime, but they where still FORCED at gunpoint!!! Why are these guys portrayed as wanted criminals by the media?

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-01-12 13:17

      Why didn't the go to the police to report the matter?

      Mlungisi - 2012-01-12 13:21

      @Paul I believe its not easy for them too, because the 1st thing that comes to mind is the fact that you are now connected to the crime scene and you dont know the what the outcome will be. @Dexter I agree, the police know they were forced on gun point so I see no point of profiling them as most wanted criminals.

      Mlungisi - 2012-01-12 13:24

      @Paul I believe its not easy for them too, because the 1st thing that comes to mind is the fact that you are now connected to the crime scene and you dont know the what the outcome will be. @Dexter I agree, the police know they were forced on gun point so I see no point of profiling them as most wanted criminals.

      Deon - 2012-01-12 13:30

      The police are treating them as criminals, the media was just reporting on it.

      Douglas - 2012-01-12 13:53

      @Mlungisi - they are criminals you ignorant f-tard

      Mlungisi - 2012-01-12 14:11

      @Douglas don't talk just because you can, a bit of common sense and thinking can make you a better person. As far as I can use my brilliant mind I can tell you that they were used as a tool and that doesn't mean they are criminals hence guns are not criminals but people who use them illegally or in an appropriate way as required by law are criminals.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-12 14:36

      @Mlungisi. How do we we know they were forced. The woman told the police that. This part of the story came out before Kotzilla was arrested. Why are they still running, knowing that there was a witness? Maybe they were already wanted? Maybe I would have been the stupid one got shot, but if it was me and 2 other man I would have try to convince them and took the change. I would still have a change of only being wounded. Maybe some people are only brave in groups. My self-respect and soul is more worth, even if I am dead, but that's me. How do you get it up in circumstances going against all that you stand for....or is it a case of what some of us are standing for. I believe the police do the right thing by seeing them as criminals till proven different. Too many loose ends. I agree with you Paul.

  • Gavin - 2012-01-12 13:20

    Why not just say we can confirm that they're somewhere on the planet earth ?

      Louise - 2012-01-12 13:29

      Because the Republic of SA is smaller than Planet Earth - give the police credit where they deserve it!

  • Peace - 2012-01-12 13:29

    no need to hunt far,they are right under your noses.

  • galef - 2012-01-12 13:44

    ACTUALLY I THINK THE GUN TO THE HEAD THING WAS STAGED FOR HER TO THINK IT WAS LIIKE THAT.....he must ahve paid them to do it......can any man here tell me that he can get a hardon and perform sex while under such stress and fear??.......i dont think so......i smell a rat...thats why they ran....

      Kobus - 2012-01-12 14:31

      Three men being forced by one man armed with a .22 The reports also does not mention that the rifle/revolver was found in the possession of Kotze. Who tied up the poor woman. Something stinks. Maybe that is why they are also looking for the three men.

      larisha.toffar - 2012-01-12 14:35

      I agree how can 1 man overpower 3 healthy men? and why still running why not go straight to the police?

      Peace - 2012-01-12 17:04

      they were probably excited by the prospect of having a steamy session with a Mrs for the first time in their lives.Lol

  • Sphe Tony Zulu - 2012-01-12 13:51

    this is a very sad case. the lives of the survivors will be changed forever.

  • Desray - 2012-01-12 14:15

    Forced at Gunpoint to participate in the crime - Surely they are victims and not suspects? Or am I just being Naive?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-12 15:38

      Nope you are not naive Ma'am , being forced at gunpoint by a madman to engage in unprotected sex amounts to torture . These 3 guys went to into hiding probably because they too were traumatised and coundn't think straight

      Louise - 2012-01-12 18:18

      There seems to be something fishy here - either there's more to the 'being forced at gunpoint', or they are illegal aliens, and are running because they'll be deported...

  • Thokozane - 2012-01-12 14:17

    The guys should hand themselves over, the monster has been arrested, they have no reason to hide now. The truth will come out.

  • Louise - 2012-01-12 14:33

    are you telling me that 3 men could not overpower 1 man?

  • larisha.toffar - 2012-01-12 14:37

    I thought this site was for commenting on the news not for swearing at other peoples thoughts and opinions! it's getting old and boring. grow up!

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-01-12 14:37

    I think Kotze should carry the sentences of the individuals he forced to rape the woman.

  • Lucky - 2012-01-12 14:54

    I think these guys are hiding becouse they are illigal alliens.

  • dawid.vanbiljon - 2012-01-12 15:00

    Dammm ... it can't be that difficult to find the remaining suspects? Just GOOGLE them :-))

  • helen.derobillard - 2012-01-12 15:08

    This eavil man can be jailed for life, the women he had raped and her son killed will live with the horror & reminder of his actions for the rest of her life, his punishment will never ever be enough to justify what he has done.

      Sandra - 2012-01-12 15:35

      I have to agree with you - punishment could never be enough. Also, if I was one of the three, I would have run away and risked it. Could never hurt someone just because I am supposedly forced to. My heart goes out to the poor woman who had to endure this and see her son killed.

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-01-12 15:31

    Many thanks to the Du Preezs and that man van

  • smoochee69 - 2012-01-12 16:30

    JUST PERFECT .. WE TAX PAYIN CITIZENS WILL NOW FEED THIS BEAST AND HOUSE HIM IN PRISON WITH OUR RANDS WHICH THIS ANC GOVERNMENT BLEEEDS FROM US .. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE HANGMAN BACK .. WITH HIS MAYTES THE CHAIR ...

  • Andre - 2012-01-13 07:34

    hahahahahahhaah The same as u the SAP knew the were abouts of Kotze, stop talking MERDA and tell the truth for once, u have no Idee where they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Andre - 2012-01-13 07:37

    Come to think of it, How is it possible to get a erection with somebody holding a gun to your head, and command u to rape, thats a bit far fetched for my, unless u are a animal u will get a erection, that says a lot in my books,!!!!!!

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