Modimolle victim 'not broken'

2012-02-08 08:51
Mbombela - The Modimolle woman who was allegedly brutally assaulted by her estranged husband Johan Kotzé, 50, plans to attend his court case on Friday in order to show him that he has not broken her, one of her friends says.

Ina Bonnette, 42, from Modimolle, is still in a lot of pain but has already started picking up the pieces after her torture, rape and the murder of her son.

She is even planning to give a motivational talk about what happened to her and how she is coping with it.

Back at work

She returned to work as an insurance broker two weeks ago, and will also be at Kotzé's court appearance on Friday.

“She wants to show him that he has not broken her,” said her close friend, Elize Coetzer, on Tuesday.

Bonnette will be supported by friends, who will all wear pink.

On January 3, Kotzé allegedly hired three men to rape her before he brutally assaulted her with several objects and allegedly shot her son, Conrad, 19. The couple were estranged and getting a divorce.

Coetzer said Bonnette is still in a lot of pain and has nightmares, but is receiving psychological counselling.

“Some days she even has a smile on her face, even if you can see the pain in her eyes,” said Coetzer.

Music day

Meanwhile, the Modimolle community plans to hold a music day on Saturday March 3 to raise funds for her medical bills. Bonnette still has to undergo several reconstructive operations costing about R70 000.

Coetzer said the music event will be held at the SunRock Lodge outside the town. Several local artists will perform and there will be food and clothing stalls.

Bonnette will give a motivational talk at the event.

Kotzé will appear in the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court with three co-accused on Friday.

The four face 17 charges, including murder, attempted murder, rape and conspiracy to commit rape.

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