Locals want 'harsh sentence' for Kotzé
Modimolle - Angry residents protested outside the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Friday, as Johan Kotzé and his co-accused appeared in connection with the brutal attack on his estranged wife.
The case was postponed until February 10, and the pair will remain in custody until then. Shortly after their appearance, police said they had arrested a third suspect.
Residents said they were angry that the crime had happened in their quiet town.
"We never had such a horrible thing here," said Poko Moree. "It discredited our town."
"He is no longer a person. He must be hanged," said Anna Manganyi.
Even animals did not treat each other the way Kotzé had allegedly treated his wife, she said.
Community activist Jean-Pierre Rheeder said Kotzé should be given a harsh sentence. "He should be an example to men who mishandle women."
Rheeder wore a white T-shirt on which was written in Afrikaans: "Only God will be merciful for Kotzé, but not residents of Modimolle".
The ANC Women's League waved placards outside the court. ANCWL Waterberg treasurer Joy Matshoge said Kotzé had taken advantage of poor, unemployed men. "He is a devil," she said.
Meanwhile, Die Pos newspaper reported the woman who was attacked had spoken of the immense support and love she had received following her ordeal.
"I just want to thank the whole community. We appreciate their support and caring so much," she said.
The worst part had not been the pain, but hearing her son pleading for his life, she said.
"So much pain ... I think a person can survive the trauma of serious pain, but I don't know if a person can ever recover from the pain of hearing your child plead for his life and then be shot dead," she said, according to the publication's online edition.
Her son was buried on Friday.
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