‘I was waiting for him, to assault him’

2012-01-14 00:00

BELA BELA — “They said we must flee for our lives because he was on his way to get us. I was waiting for him, because I wanted to assault him.”

These were the words yesterday of Angelique Bonnette about her stepfather, Johan Kotzé, who is accused of shooting dead her brother, Conrad, and raping and torturing her mother.

Ina Bonnette has given permission for the media to identify her. This is unusual for a victim of rape.

As Angelique spoke, Conrad’s friends were filling his grave after an emotional funeral.

When everyone else had left the cemetery, Angelique and her mother laid a bouquet on the grave.

The teenager said that in the year that Kotzé was part of their lives, she was never afraid of him.

“He was a martinet. Everything had to be done his way. He really just irritated me,” she said.

Conrad recently told his father, Rex Bonnette, that he didn’t trust Kotzé, but Bonnette said Conrad and Kotzé did not have a bad relationship and there was no previous conflict.

Conrad was away at university last year and had little to do with Kotzé, but Angelique and her father agreed that Kotzé was jealous of Conrad and that was why he shot him.

His father said Conrad was brilliant, and would have made a contribution to society. He got seven distinctions in matric and passed his first year of an information technology degree with honours last year.

A list of his goals printed in his funeral programme included attaining a doctorate in programming and working for Microsoft, to earn enough money to take care of his family and to make a success of everything he attempted.

Bonnette said when he got the news on January 3 that someone had been shot, he knew it was his son.

Of Kotzé he said: “I don’t have words for him.

“I didn’t think he was the murderous type. He was a martinet, but I didn’t think he could pull a gun on someone and shoot him dead,” he said.

“He didn’t like Conrad, but I didn’t think he would try anything with him.”

Bonnette said he will forgive Kotzé, because he doesn’t want to carry hate around with him, but all he feels now is heartache, because “it is terrible to bury a child”.

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