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Locals want 'harsh sentence' for Kotzé

2012-01-13 14:21

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.

Harsh sentence

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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Comments
  • procold2 - 2012-01-13 14:48

    disgusting piece of work and a real coward

      frangelico - 2012-01-16 10:23

      @procold2,coward I don't think so,more like the lowest form of life, while the physical scars of Ina will heal with time,the mental scars will haunt her forever,you never get over the loss of your child. As for giving this scum the luxury of death by lethal injection or the noose,thats too good for him.Life without parole is more fair,let each and every one of the inmates in whichever prison he is sent to give him prick where it hurts each & every day for the rest of his life,now that to me is justice,as a tax payer I don't mind paying for his incaceration for this very evil lowlife.

  • Jerolan - 2012-01-13 15:14

    Castrate the bast@&d

      Hamrammr - 2012-01-13 15:22

      Castration does not prevent murder or assault, it only prevents procreation. The only effective measure against abovementioned is removing such a 'person' from society- make it brutal to make an example of him.

      Jerolan - 2012-01-13 15:31

      Let me re-phrase that Slow torture punishment Step 1 - Castrate the bast@#d Step 2 - tie him down and leave his mutilated body to the rats Step 3 - Shoot him - dead

      Juan - 2012-01-13 16:22

      Don't worry Jerolan the inmates will take care of him, don't you worry.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 16:26

      Jerolan, how do you differ from Kotze? You have just as much anger as he did. You want vengance not justice and your bloodlust makes me wonder what you are capable of?

  • Perfume - 2012-01-13 15:15

    I just need to ask this rhetorical question, how is it possible that neither tried to overpower Kotze. Three against 1, something could have been done to avoid this tragedy. Johan Kotze and the rest of the murderers and rapists should receive harsher sentences for the crimes committed.

      Passionate.Parrot - 2012-01-14 14:13

      He had a gun! Are you going to approach someone like him in that position? Not that easy, how can you pass judgement when you were not there.

      inwardk - 2012-01-15 15:55

      I agree with you but I think fear is powerful. I had the same thought at the time of the Sizzlers murders - but fear paralyses, and people hang on to the small hope that they will make it out alive.

  • Legend2005 - 2012-01-13 15:19

    Those three men didn't have a choice. You cant take a chance on a man with a gun. The story that the 3 men were forced to rape the woman obviously came from the woman. According to reports, there were 6 people when the incident happened, the 3 men, Kotze, the stepson who was shot, and the woman, so, the only person who could have said that they were forced is the woman herself. If she says they were forced, who r u to say otherwise?

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 16:27

      According to Beeld at some stage in the attack he sodomised his wife. I would think that this would have been a good time to turn the tables...

  • Nitro - 2012-01-13 15:30

    Those 3 are just as guilty hang all 4 of them!!!

  • Joyce - 2012-01-13 15:34

    As the state can not hang this man please set him free to the public and stop wasting good money for court cases there should be a public lashing till he is no more no funeral just water hose him off the earth

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 15:45

      Might just as well bring back necklacing.......

      Juan - 2012-01-13 16:24

      We can get Winnie to do the honours

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 16:30

      What Johan is accused of is completely uncivilized. If the state hands over an accused for the public to try and punish, aren't we then also becoming uncivilized? We are bringing ourselves down to his standards.

      inwardk - 2012-01-15 15:59

      Yes I agree with you. I never understood the whole death sentence debate. Far too sophisticated and advanced for hooligans such as Kotze. I do not want to make him suffer for his deeds, I have no desire for just retribution, just the genuine and sincere wish that he be wiped off the face of the earth.

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-13 15:39

    According to SAPS crime statistics there were 637 Contact-related crimes in Modimolle during 2010/11. Not exactly quiet.......

  • Meis - 2012-01-13 16:13

    @Paul: Do you not realise that this woman is a living human being who was raped and tortured? Why the idiotic attempts at humour?

  • Julie - 2012-01-13 17:21

    How harsh can a sentence be if there is no death penalty? Free board and lodging?

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 17:36

      Free board and lodging? Prison isn't a walk in the park! In a sense a death sentence is better. Once you're dead you're dead. No more feelings, no more suffering. Peace. A long prison sentence stretches out the suffering. I think a long prison sentence is a greater punishment that execution.

      Chantal Michelle Olivier - 2012-01-13 18:13

      Isn't it wonderous knowing we drive to work, pay for tolls, pay taxes so these types can be fed in the prison system! Great!!

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 18:39

      Chantal, the food in prison is pretty awful! The ultimate aim of Correction Services is for every prisoner to be working or studying. The prisoner will get a small stipend but most of the income generated would go to his or her upkeep. Unfortunately in a country with an extremely high unemployment rate it is difficult to implement. I am involved with working with prisoners at the Drakenstein Corrections near Paarl. It's mostly a working prison producing agricultural, textiles, clothing, wood and steel products.

      inwardk - 2012-01-15 16:08

      I agree with you. The death penalty is needed to get the rubbish weeded out of society. Yes correctional services staff want to believe that their prisoners have reformed - but I am really skeptical about the degree to which they have been "rehabilitated", the insight they have gained. I have personal experience of being on the receiving end of the deeds of a psychopath inmate who manipulated correctional services into believing his "side" of the story. After many years, I have forgiven correctional services for their failures. But to explain would take 5 volumes at least. Not now. Yes, yes again for the death penalty. It would save everyone involved so much pain.

  • Chantal Michelle Olivier - 2012-01-13 17:50

    What worries me more as these types of stories are becoming more regular and almost the norm in our society! If we don't have severe punishments for this type of behaviour it will continue!!

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 18:14

      I do believe there needs to be severe punishment for cases such as this. But I don't think severe punishment is going to stop crime! Such crimes are going to continue. We need a change in attitudes, especially in relationships. We are losing the ability to care for others. It's when we don't care for others that we do harsh things to others. And it's showing in our attitudes to the accused. I was watching a little girl the other day. She was given a kitten. She got a piece of string and put it around it's neck in a noose and decided it would be fun to take her kitten for a walk. The first two or three times it went off well and I am sure the kitten enjoyed it. But then it progressed into pulling the string so tightly that he dragged his feet on the ground and of cause the noose got tighter. And then she even started swinging the cat around. The kitten was meowing in protest. I couldn't take it any more and i went to rescue the kitten and I told her off. She was quite convinced the kitten was enjoying itself. She had no feelings for the kitten!

  • isabel.defaria - 2012-01-13 20:39

    This afternoon the prosecutor in this case spoke on the radio and said that after reading the victim's statement he was unable to sleep last night as it was the worst crime he has dealt with in his 25 years as a prosecutor. Further to this he has confirmed that the 3 rapists were not forced but willingly took part in the crime.Much speculation has been made by many people how they were able to rape with a gun at their heads no more need to speculation as the question has been answered they deserve to be punished for their part in the crime. Kotze does not deserve to see the light of day. He deserves life imprisonment without the possibility of parol. Such a violent crime is a sign of a dangerous and sick individual who cannot ever be part of society. No words can ever explain the pain that mother must be going through hearing over and over in her head the desperate pleas of her son begging for his life just before he was brutally murdered. May God give her strength to pick herself up and fight to live for her surviving child.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-13 21:27

      Isobel, this is a terrible, terrible crime and there are things like this happening all the time. But there is still a chance of change in the man's life. I work with prisoners and I have seen it happen. Nelson Mandela is another example. When he was arrested I was convinced he should rather be executed. Society did not need people like him. But if he had been executed we would have lost out on the best president we've ever had. It's a pity that there wasn't intervention in this man's life earlier and this terrible tragedy could have been avoided.

      Tessa - 2012-01-14 12:58

      nspaynter, comparing Nelson Mandela to Kotze is the dumbest thing Ive ever heard. Mandela was not a violent psycho killer, he was a victim of an unjust system. Mr. Kotze's ability to be rehabilitated is very questionable!

  • Passionate.Parrot - 2012-01-14 14:09

    Kotze forfited his life when he took another's he should be given the death penalty. He has hurt his wife in the worst possbile way by killing her son. Yes this man is a disgrace to the human race.

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