Kotzé: Ex-girlfriends’ relief at ‘psychopath’s’ arrest

2012-01-12 00:00

LIVES may have been saved as a result of the arrest of Johan Kotzé, who allegedly murdered his stepson and orchestrated the cruel gang rape of a woman, says forensic psycho­logist Professor Dap Louw of Bloemfontein.

Acquaintances and ex-girlfriends of Kotzé yesterday expressed their joy on hearing of his arrest. He had been on the run for a week.

Louw told sister paper Volksblad that Kotzé's arrest was "good, good news", because, if the allegations against him were true, he probably would have killed again.

"The combination of his alleged defective conscience, self-centredness, violent nature and sadistic personality traits spells only danger."

Louw said Kotzé was possibly a "five-star psychopath, who can gain strong emotional and even sexual satisfaction from humiliating, torturing and even murdering people".

Two women with whom Kotzé had relationships and who described him as an aggressive and domineering person, were elated yesterday when they heard of his arrest.

"I'm so happy, I could bawl," one of the women said.

"It's a great relief. If someone came to your door, you never knew whether it might be Johan Kotzé."

The woman asked the papers to publish many photos of the arrest. "I want to see how they bl*ks*m him. He should be hanged from a tree by his little w****."

The other woman said many people were now feeling safer.

"Even this morning I was still thinking, I wish this thing would just come to an end."

Jonker de Vos, son of Sarita Venter from Bloemfontein who committed suicide in 2010 after Kotzé "destroyed her financially and emotionally" according to her children, was also very pleased that Kotzé has been caught.

"Now I just want him to go and rot in jail."

Sanee Williams, a businessman and community leader in the Northern Cape town of Prieska, said residents have asked for the investigation into the death by shooting of Bet (Baba) Botha (64) in 1993, with which Kotzé was charged, to be reopened.

Kotzé was acquitted of the murder.

Residents of Prieska, where Kotzé was a sheriff, had no good memories of him.

He was a cruel man and they are pleased he is behind bars, they said.

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