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Kotzé: Cops out in full force at court

2012-02-10 08:11

Polokwane - Police, media and protesters are expected to converge at the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Friday morning ahead of the court appearance of Johan Kotzé, who is accused of orchestrating the gang-rape of his estranged wife and the murder of her son.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said police would ensure order at the hearing.

"We will mobilise public order policing... [and] we appeal to the public to behave themselves during the proceedings," he said on Thursday.

Certain sections of the courthouse would be cordoned off, and only journalists with press cards would be allowed inside.

Charges

Kotzé faces 17 charges including rape, murder, conspiracy to rape, kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. On January 3 he allegedly ordered his three workers at gunpoint to gang-rape Ina Bonnette and mutilate her body with objects including nails, pliers, a grinder, and a screwdriver.

He is further alleged to have shot dead her 19-year-old son, Conrad Bonnette, who was lured to the house, as he pleaded for his life while Bonnette lay tied up in another room.

Friends of Bonnette, 42, will be at the courthouse on Friday, wearing pink, but will not go inside.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said there was a possibility of a bail application for some of the accused.

"And if so the State will be ready to proceed."

Kotzé was arrested after being on the run for eight days. His three co-accused - Mmapuru Peter Mohlako, 34, Andries Paparona Sithole, 42, and Sello Frans Mphaka, 38 - were arrested within days of each other.

They had apparently been hired to remove palm trees from the garden of Kotzé's rented home.

Bonnette had taken a restraining order out on Kotzé when the relationship soured.

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Comments
  • Dieter - 2012-02-10 08:24

    Kotze go hire Norman Arendse!! he makes everyone look innocent!

  • Saamprater - 2012-02-10 08:48

    Where are the "woman rights" organizations, dancing ulululating singing and dancing ladies, Winnie etc. or is it because.....? They are so plastic.

  • Joseph - 2012-02-10 09:20

    i will be there to support the victims

  • Tommy - 2012-02-10 09:21

    it'll be the usual, there'll be a long sitting which is little more than an opportunity for the press to get their shots of all the players (since he doesnt cover his face like the rest of the parties in the dock). then there'll a postponment. then his defence are going to accuse the police of tampering with evidence or forcing confessions...which'll become a trial within the trial. then the judge will decide whats to be thrown out and not. then finally just before the end of year, when this poor woman should have been able to put this into the past , news24.com will announce that he'll hear his fate within a few days. he'll get life and we'll come rant on here how he deserved the death penalty(which he does) and start whining about our punishment system not being harsh enough. i also do tarot and palm readings guys.

      shamelljenk - 2012-02-10 10:00

      Good Job! All in a nutshell! Well done..

      shamelljenk - 2012-02-10 12:14

      See .... just as you predicted.. shame poor woman... Burn the fing bastards...

  • procold2 - 2012-02-10 09:47

    this is the bit i dont understand "He is further alleged to have shot dead her 19-year-old son, Conrad Bonnette" how can it be alleged when everyone knows he did it.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-10 09:59

      It's the politically correct way of saying things. Even if 35,000 people witnessed him pulling the trigger, until he is found guilty, it is an alleged offence. Pathetic, I know but now, when I go out drinking with the boys and come home drunk, my wife cannot say I am drunk, she can only allege I am drunk as I have not been found guilty in a court of law. But for some reason, that does not go down so well.

      Tommy - 2012-02-10 09:59

      it needs to be proven ie his defence have the chance to try BS his way out of it. but he wont get away with it.

  • Eben - 2012-02-10 11:23

    National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said there was a possibility of a bail application for some of the accused.I dont understand this. Am i correct by saying if i get paid to rape anyone and i agree do do it that i am a victim and was used and is not at fault?

      shamelljenk - 2012-02-10 12:15

      they were apparently held at gunpoint and was ordered to rape her against their will.... whatever!

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