Kotzé co-accused 'feared for their lives'

2013-04-17 12:37
Johan Kotze in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa

Johan Kotze in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa

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Pretoria - The co-accused of so-called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé feared for their lives, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Jan van Rooyen, for accused number two Andries Sithole, put it to Kotzé that he threatened the three men and told them to rape his ex-wife Ina Bonnette.

"You were aggressive. You said ‘no kaffir will tell me what to do and you will do what I say’," Van Rooyen put it to Kotzé.

"Your Honour, I did not make that statement," Kotzé said.

Van Rooyen said Kotzé ordered Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka to hide in a room in his Modimolle house, where Bonnette was attacked.

He said Sithole had believed the threats were real.

"I did not have something with me. I did not have a weapon with me," Kotzé said, asking how he could have threatened them.

Simulated rape

Van Rooyen said Kotzé told the men to pin down Bonnette. Kotzé denied this.

He said Sithole simulated raping Bonnette by moving up and down. Sithole told Kotzé he was afraid and could not get an erection.

"I didn't see Andries do it.... There was no such talk," Kotzé said.

Van Rooyen said Kotzé told Sithole, when he failed to have sex with Bonnette: "It's quite funny. If you rape you are good, but when it is arranged for you, you can't do anything."

He said that when the other co-accused were also unable to have sex with Bonnette, Kotzé chased them out.

"Your Honour, it's not true," Kotzé said.

Van Rooyen put it to Kotzé that his client's version of events supported Bonnette's testimony.

"It is not true," Kotzé repeated.

‘I did not see it at all’

Earlier, Van Rooyen asked Kotzé if he saw Sithole, Mohlane and Mphaka rape Bonnette on 3 January 2012.

"It is what I experienced. I did not see it at all," Kotzé said.

Van Rooyen asked if Kotzé saw any of his co-accused penetrate Bonnette either with an object or a penis.

"I did not see anything," he replied.

Both Bonnette and Kotzé's daughter, Jo-Marie Kotzé, were in court on Wednesday.

Van Rooyen asked whether any of the men had asked or demanded anything from him or Bonnette.

"No. They only asked for food," he said, adding he could not comment on Bonnette's behalf.

Kotzé denies rape claims

Kotzé denied telling Bonnette she would know what it felt like to have three black men rape her.

He denied ordering the three to masturbate to get erections, and denied telling Sithole to climb on top of Bonnette and later telling him: "It's enough, get off."

"No, Your Honour, it's not true," he told the court.

Kotzé is accused of orchestrating the gang rape of Bonnette, and of murdering her son Conrad, 19, in his rented house in Modimolle on 3 January 2012.

Sithole, Mohlane, and Mphaka are accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette that day.

Bonnette previously testified that Kotzé tortured her with various objects before instructing the other three men to rape her.

She told the court she listened to her son pleading for his life before he was shot in the head and heart.
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