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Kotzé shows no emotion in court

2012-02-10 12:13

Modimolle - The case against the "Modimolle Monster" and his three co-accused was postponed by the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court on Friday to May 11 for further investigation and a trial date to be set.

An earlier ban on publishing pictures of one of Johan Kotzé's co-accused was also lifted. The court heard that the case might be moved to a high court.

Forensic and ballistic evidence was still outstanding.

Kotzé, wearing baggy blue jeans and a checked shirt, did not show any emotion in court.

Charges


He 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 three workers he had hired to gang-rape his estranged wife, Ina Bonnette, and mutilate her body with objects including nails, pliers, a grinder, and a screwdriver.

The workers were allegedly ordered to participate in the torture at gunpoint.

He is further alleged to have shot dead Bonnette's 19-year-old son, Conrad, in his rented Modimolle house.

Earlier outside court, women activists protested and sang for bail to be denied to the four. Members of the ANC Women’s League joined Bonnette's friends, who wore pink, at the court house.

Threats


Bonnette had apparently received a threatening phone call on Thursday, her friend Elize Coetzer told reporters outside court.

The caller spoke in Afrikaans and told Bonnette he was watching her, she said. The group said she was advised not to come to court on Friday.

After Friday's proceedings, prosecutor Renier van Rooyen dismissed the claim Bonnette had been advised not to come to court.

"I didn’t say that... All she told me was that there was a threat."

Kotze 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 Kotze's home.

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

Rumours that Kotzé had been served with divorce papers earlier on Friday could not be confirmed.

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Comments
  • Dianne - 2012-02-10 12:51

    Hang all four of them......by the nuts! Then lets see how emotional Kotze gets...

  • Charlie - 2012-02-10 12:58

    Who the hell would threaten this woman?! Hasn't she been through enough???

  • procold2 - 2012-02-10 13:14

    this is a high profile case, how can forensic and ballistic evidence still be oustanding?

      Susan - 2012-02-11 11:41

      Because it's South Africa!!!

  • Marion - 2012-02-10 13:16

    El Sicko in person.

  • adambrettward - 2012-02-10 13:27

    I'm still confused as to what the workers are being charged with if they were forced to do so at gun point?

      Lana-May - 2012-02-10 13:54

      According to the victim, they were not forced to rape her, they were more than willing.....

      adambrettward - 2012-02-10 13:57

      Ah - thanks, makes sense - its been bothering me since this started.

      fran.boucher - 2012-02-10 16:32

      And apparently (the men can correct me here if I'm wrong, please) a man can't make his "outjie" stand up at gun point....

      adambrettward - 2012-02-10 16:38

      Think that would depend on the circumstances... but the claim is also that they were forced to torture her (at gun point)

  • Janice - 2012-02-10 13:44

    He must be a creation from the DEVIL himself, this isnt human, and not animal either!

      riaand1 - 2012-02-10 14:12

      Nee hy is n papbroek lafaard wat nie die bolls het om 'n man aan te vat nie, hy target weerlose vroue, siestog, show no mercy, ek se doen aan hom wat hy aan haar gedoen het maar hou dit stadig en pynvol.

  • Nlgga - 2012-02-10 14:38

    Between Kotze, Donavan Moodley,Mahlangu,Sunday Rapist, The man who kidnapped florida high school girl and the guy who raped the 7 year old..Rainbow Nation #FAIL

  • bluzulu - 2012-02-10 17:44

    This character is just another Oxygen thief. Some Arab countries would allow the general public to stone the bastard to death, sounds appropriate in this case.

  • Cristina - 2012-02-12 08:56

    One word...no two: Death sentence!!

  • debbie.pieterse - 2012-02-13 10:16

    The idiot who threatened her is obviously of the same calibre as Kotze. Both need to go to hell to meet THEIR maker. How dare they!

  • debbie.pieterse - 2012-02-13 10:19

    This sure is becoming a Rainbow Nation..... the colour red symbolising all the bloodshed!!

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