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Kotzé: Protests planned outside court

2012-02-09 14:13

Johannesburg - The man accused of orchestrating the torture and gang-rape of his estranged wife and the killing of her son - is due to make a second appearance in court on Friday.

"We will be there every step of the way," ANC Women's League spokesperson Troy Martens said on Thursday.

Women's rights groups and protesters were expected to converge in numbers on the Modimolle Magistrate's Court to support survivor Ina Bonnette, who was expected to be present on Friday.

Johan Kotzé faces 17 charges including rape, murder, conspiracy to rape, kidnapping and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

"We know that it's not easy to go through this process but we want her to know that she has the support of all South African women," said Martens.

Support

Every woman who heard about this case felt violated, she said.

"We hope that justice will be served."

Another gang-rape victim, Jessica Foord, who was raped by four men in front of her father in Durban in 2008, sent a message of support to Bonnette ahead of the appearance.

"Have faith in yourself and know that South Africa is supporting you. You are an extremely brave women and we will be thinking of you tomorrow [Friday]," Foord said.

"My advice to her would be to stay calm in court, state the truth and don't let his [Kotze's] lawyers intimidate you," said Foord, whose four rapists were convicted in 2009.

Kotze allegedly ordered his three workers to gang-rape the 42-year-old 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, after he had pleaded for his life while Bonnette lay tied up in another room.

Counselling


The 50-year-old was tracked down by the police 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 on January 4 to remove palm trees from the garden of Kotzé's rented Modimolle home.

Bonnette, who has given the media permission to identify her, returned to her job at an insurance firm two weeks ago, but is still receiving psychological counselling, Beeld newspaper reported.

Meanwhile, Modimolle residents were planning a fundraising event on March 3 to help Bonnette with the costs of her reconstructive surgery, estimated at R70 000.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu in January called on the media to stop labelling Kotzé a monster, saying in a letter to The Star: "He [Kotzé] may indeed be guilty of inhuman, ghastly and monstrous deeds, but he is not a monster.

"We are actually letting him off lightly by calling him a monster, because monsters have no moral sense of right and wrong.”

Bonnette had been married to Kotzé for only four months, and had taken a restraining order out on him after the relationship soured.

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Comments
  • Moi - 2012-02-09 14:21

    Life in prison is too good for this piece of filth. Hard labour under the boiling sun with only bread and water for sustenance for the rest of his days. And even that seems too light a punishment.

  • Kobus - 2012-02-09 14:25

    Why don't you protest on all farm rapes as well you one eyed, politically driven scum. Johan is scum, the three men are scum. Were all turning into scum with agendas.

      Taunyana - 2012-02-09 16:27

      Kobus, ek is jammer, maar ek dink jy's voken siek my maat, gee die man kans om te praat; as ons almal gehoor the motivations, then we can go to the street and toi toi, ek sal ook my mense dag af gee

  • JayJohnsonS - 2012-02-09 14:29

    Life in prison is too good for this piece of filth. Hard labour under the boiling sun with only bread and water for sustenance for the rest of his days. And even that seems too light a punishment.

  • franswaj - 2012-02-09 14:29

    I hope "mother of the nation" big mamma Winnie is gonna be there, to do the same what she did with Stompie..... make him disappear. They must give me 1hour with him and i will make Hitler look like a "angel" Rot in hell you piece of $$#%#% !!!!!!

      Kent - 2012-02-09 16:11

      @ Franswaj. Yes mother of the nation did nothing when Zuma was accussed. What did the Women's League do to help her?

      Peter - 2012-02-09 16:48

      Quite true Kent, only protest when it suits them politically. Nice to see them caring for a white woman - but how can we believe they are sincere. Black sister raped by Zuma, and who do they support - makes you wonder about the real agenda, does it not?

  • Janice - 2012-02-09 14:30

    For the first time in my life, Im saying GO ANC!!!!!

  • heather.scheepers3 - 2012-02-09 14:36

    There is more to this story than meets the eye.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-02-09 15:27

      Elaborate please........

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-09 15:36

      Seems slam dunk to me. He ran, they cuaght him now its time to face the music. He seems like a physco.

      Silvana - 2012-02-09 15:39

      @heather.scheepers3. And what would that "more" be?

      Michelle - 2012-02-09 15:44

      Really?????? Not sure if you and I have the same idea regarding "eye" Why are you not giving more info after making such a k*k comment????

      Peter - 2012-02-09 16:49

      Come on heather, be a devil and tell us ...

  • Heini - 2012-02-09 14:46

    FOR ONCE I ACTUALLY CONDONE A PROTEST!!

  • Dieter - 2012-02-09 14:47

    *sigh* chicks! always drama queens, but they want to be treated the same way as men when it comes to work and earning a salary etc ...

      Barbara - 2012-02-09 15:02

      Eh-h-h ... have I missed something? I can just hope your ridiculous comment somehow got attached to the wrong story ... How on earth can your comment be applied to the women this story is about? Rape and mutiliation = drama queen???!!!

      Danielle - 2012-02-09 15:33

      Lets put it into perspective- if you were held down (even as a man) at gun point, and raped by three men, and then mutilated- would we be allowed to call you a drama queen afterwards as well?

      K0BUSL - 2012-02-09 15:36

      Hmmmm, Rapists, Criminals, Murderers..... real drama queens, but the want to be treated the same as Law Abiding Citizens once they get caught, full rights, priviledges, medical care..... freedom Dieter, I echo Barbara's Statement for if not... I fear you have shown your true colours for all to see!!!!!

      Silvana - 2012-02-09 15:43

      @Dieter. Come to my place. I'll pierce your penis with nails and circumsize you with an angle grinder. I'll bet you'll scream louder than Ina Bonette did. You are an absolute insecure littele retard!

      Monique - 2012-02-09 15:44

      Dieter, your wife/girlfriend probably earns more than you-LOL sour grapes! Moving on from your whiney comment, worse than a chick!

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-02-09 17:56

      Dieter, weet jou ma jy's hier?!

  • leslie.rabie - 2012-02-09 14:48

    Every woman who heard about this case felt violated ---- SO SO SO SO TRUE..

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-09 14:53

    I can't believe my fingers started typing these words "FOR ONCE I SAY KUDOS TO THE ANC WOMEN'S LEAGUE"!!!! Send a strong message to child rapists as well.

      Peter - 2012-02-09 16:53

      It worries me they did nothing when it was alleged Zuma raped one of their sissies. What are the criteria for caring, must the perp be white and extremely psycho? What the cadres do is cool?

  • Paula - 2012-02-09 14:55

    Rot In hell you lunatic...

  • Dennis - 2012-02-09 14:58

    Why do the ANCWL and "other women's rights groups" protest outside parliament tonight due to the poor handling of ........... everything by the hedboy ??

  • Ali - 2012-02-09 15:00

    That's wonderful, funny how they are never there at the trials of farm murderers where a woman was also raped, beaten and brutally killed.

      dumisiledee - 2012-02-09 15:59

      They are doing something aren't they Ali? what are you doing? you just sit there, moan and type rubbish the whole day mncim

      Peter - 2012-02-09 16:54

      They only react in certain circumstances Dumisile, why is that?

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-02-09 15:14

    Wathint'abafazi, Johan Kotze! Wathint'imbokodo! Uzokufa! Or you strike a woman, Johan Kotze you strike a rock you will be crushed now!

  • ian.rundle1 - 2012-02-09 15:31

    The police tracked him down - BS. They were led to him, otherwise he would no doubts still be on the run.

  • Louis Hager - 2012-02-09 15:39

    Well if there's something to protest about and media spin to be sucked from it, you know the ANC will manifest itself in one way or another. A protest won't get a guilty verdict, clinical handling of evidence, statements and great prosecutors will. Something we see too little of these days. My sympathies to Ina Bonnette.

  • Dudley - 2012-02-09 16:19

    And way back when we decided that the death penalty was not constitutional ! What a laugh !!

  • Peace - 2012-02-09 16:40

    they should tie this piece of trash on a railway line and let trains do some justice for poor Ina Bonnette.

  • Peter - 2012-02-09 16:43

    Tutu is correct, only a human could perpertrate a deed like this. As for the ANC Womans League getting involved, I'm amazed, it's a white woman, why do they care? Is the ANC perhaps on the road to non racism? Weird.

      Peter - 2012-02-09 16:56

      Why did you publish my comment twice!

      nthabiseng.priklopil - 2012-02-09 20:31

      U sound so hallow!

  • Duane Jess Blackman - 2012-02-09 18:00

    his man hood should be cut off and stuffed in his filthy mouth! white scum!

      Michael Koenane - 2012-02-09 22:38

      Was that necessary. Racist!

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-10 08:54

    Is there a whites only women's league branch in the ANC.....just asking?

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-10 09:01

    White women have organized a big demonstration at court and there is no need for tight security because this species do not throw stones neither do they burn tires. They do not even have a revolutionary songs hymn book which would make it a very quiet demonstration with only placards for the benefit of those who can read english and / or afrikaans.

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