Gender group welcomes Kotzé sentencing

2013-07-18 16:29
Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

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Cape Town - The life terms handed to "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé and three accomplices show courts are taking sexual offences seriously, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Thursday.

"This will set a precedent to the 'would be' sexual offenders that our society and justice system are tired of violence against women and children," spokesperson Javu Baloyi said.

"Such a successful prosecution will definitely give courage to other victims of gender-based violence to come out and testify."

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlake, and Sello Mphaka were sentenced by the High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Sentences

Kotzé and Sithole were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Conrad Bonnette, 19. He was the son of Ina Bonnette, Kotzé's ex-wife.

Mohlake and Mphaka were acquitted on the murder charge. However, each of the four was convicted of kidnapping, and of four charges relating to the rape of Ina Bonnette.

They were handed 10 years each for kidnapping.

All four men were also each given a life sentence on the rape charges.

For assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, Kotzé received 15 years, and the other three eight years each.

Ina Bonnette was attacked and tortured in Kotzé's Modimolle home on 3 January 2012. Her son was shot and killed in the house on the same day.

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