Burn in hell, coward! Kotzé cursed as police show him in public

2012-01-12 00:00

MODIMOLLE — "You must f**** burn in hell! You coward," shouted one of the many people who went to the Modimolle (Nylstroom) police station yesterday to see Johan Kotzé (50) after his arrest in the town.

They hurled insults at Kotzé as he was taken to a doctor from the police station. Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said Kotzé was taken to a doctor because he was dehydrated after hiding in the bush near town for a week.

Kotzé, who is suspected of murdering his stepson, Conrad Bonnette, and forcing three men to gang-rape a woman, had a cloth over his head and said nothing. He was dressed in shorts and a shirt.

"You must give him to the farmers," one bystander said.

"I can't believe he has the arrogance to walk in the street. The bliksem," a woman friend of the family said. Kotzé said nothing.

Police helicopters circled above the town before Kotzé's arrest yesterday. On the ground, a host of police vehicles from different units blocked off several gravel roads in the area.

The entire community joined the hunt for Kotzé. K9 units were deployed to track him and on the road between Modimolle and Bela-Bela (Warmbad) members of neighbourhood watches in camouflage dress rode around in bakkies, loaded with armed men and tracker dogs who helped comb the area for any trace of the fugitive.

Only a few empty cooldrink bottles and strips of toilet paper could be seen at Kotzé's hide-out in the bush

Police were overjoyed yesterday that he had been caught.

"If I've slept for 12 hours since [the week] last Tuesday, its a lot," said one of the investigating officers.

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