Kotze threw kitten in anger

2013-04-16 12:23
Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

Johan Kotze (File, Sapa)

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Pretoria - An emotional Johan Kotze emotionally told the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday he threw his daughter's kitten from his bed the night he saw his wife with another man.

"I did something I never do.... I very aggressively threw [the kitten] away from me."

He is accused of assaulting Ina Bonnette, killing her son and forcing his workers to gang-rape her. Kotze testified he saw Bonnette with another man at a dance on New Year's Eve in 2011.

"I was terribly upset. I froze," he said, taking long pauses and looking at his feet.

Judge Bert Bam asked Kotze if he needed to take a break, but he declined. He said he saw Bonnette hugging and kissing a man with whom she left the dance hall. He followed them.

"It was clear they wanted a relatively dark place where they could be their normal selves. I don't know what went through my head. I was probably powerless."

Bonnette attends court proceedings

He said he later left and went to his house, then went to Bonnette's house.

Bonnette attended court proceedings on Tuesday morning. She often shook her head during Kotze's testimony.

Earlier, he said he and Bonnette respected each other.

"It was a happy marriage. The problems we had came from outside."

He wore a beige jacket and jeans. He often took off his glasses and rubbed his eyes. His lawyer Piet Greyling asked the court if he could have some water.

"We had respect for each other," Kotze testified.

However, he said they broke up several times before getting back together again.

He obtained a protection order against Bonnette after their second break-up, but went back to Modimolle on 19 November to try and reconcile.

Secret relationship

The couple discussed the possibility of renting a house together, he said. He rented the house on his own in Modimolle.

"We decided to see each other in secret. To keep the relationship from her parents for the time being.... Our focus was Christmas and New Year, when it is family time. Then she would reintroduce me to her family."

Kotze, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Kotze's 19-year-old stepson Conrad Bonnette at Kotze's house in Modimolle on 3 January 2012.

They are also accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Bonnette that day.

A plea of not guilty was noted on Kotze's behalf after he refused to enter a plea, and claimed his accountability and ability to follow and contribute to court proceedings were in question.

His three co-accused all pleaded not guilty to the charges. They claimed Kotze forced them to take part in the attack on Bonnette and said they had only pretended to rape her.

Bonnette testified Kotze tortured her with various objects before instructing the other three 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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