Govt welcomes Kotzé's sentence

2013-07-17 14:58
Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

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Kotze guilty of murder

2013-07-15 16:51

The so-called "Modimolle Monster", Johan Kotzé, and his three co-accused have been found guilty. Watch what happened inside the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. WATCH

Johannesburg - The government welcomed the news on Wednesday that so called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé had been handed two life sentences by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

"These brutal acts are degrading, disrespectful and infringed the rights of Ina Bonnette," acting government communication and information system CEO Nebo Legoabe said in a statement.

"This case sends out a stern warning that the government will remain steadfast in its commitment to combat the scourge of sexual and gender-based violence."

Kotzé and his co-accused Andries Sithole were sentenced on Wednesday to life imprisonment for the murder of Conrad Bonnette, 19, the son of Ina Bonnette, Kotzé's ex-wife.

Kotzé and Sithole also got 10 years for kidnapping.

Their co-accused, Pieta Mohlake and Sello Mphaka, were acquitted on the murder charge, but each of the four was convicted of kidnapping, and of four charges relating to the rape of Ina Bonnette.

Mohlake and Mphaka also received 10 years for kidnapping. All four men were given a life sentence on the rape charges.

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

Legoabe said the sentencing was a clear indication that perpetrators of violence against women and children would be prosecuted.

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