Man hired others to commit rape

2012-01-05 00:00

MODIMOLLE (Nylstroom) — A man was on the run yesterday after he apparently forced three workers to rape a woman on Tuesday after he tied her up.

He then apparently cut off pieces of the woman’s breasts before fatally shooting his stepson.

Johan Kotze (51) then left a letter at the scene before fleeing. At the time of going to press he was still on the run.

“I am tired of life and don’t look for me,” Kotze apparently said on Tuesday afternoon shortly after allegedly killing his stepson, Conrad Bonnette (19), a first-year University of Pretoria information technology student.

He had apparently lured the woman to his home in Modimolle under false pretences.

Shortly before 5 pm he phoned Dirk van der Merwe, the owner of the house in which the tragedy took place.

Van der Merwe said yesterday that Kotze thanked him for everything he had already done for him. The two of them were due to go camping.

Van der Merwe became suspicious and sent his wife to the house.

“She phoned me hysterically later and could hardly speak. She said someone had been shot in the house.” She also discovered the woman in the bedroom and untied her. “Her hands were bound with cable ties and there was a large piece of plaster over her mouth,” Van der Merwe said.

Residents of the town were shocked yesterday by what had happened. Several people wandered around near the house to try to find out what was going on.

Kotze’s neighbours said they heard two sharp, loud noises on Tuesday afternoon, but thought someone was doing repairs in the house.

Deon Beukes, owner of the Bosfontein caravan park between Modimolle and Bela-Bela (Warmbad), where Bonnette worked during the holidays, said he was “quiet and well-behaved”. In the 2010 matric exams he obtained seven distinctions.

Bonnette apparently told a female friend last week that he didn’t trust Kotze.

Beukes said that according to Bonnette, Kotze apparently went to a nearby lodge on New Year’s Eve where the woman he attacked and a male friend were eating and dancing. “I don’t trust [Kotze] because he went to spy on those people.”

Beeld has heard that a woman obtained a protection order against Kotze last year.

Kotze phoned his stepson on Tuesday afternoon and asked him to come to his house because he wanted to discuss something with him.

Beukes said on Tuesday afternoon Bonnette asked if he could go home earlier, at about 3 pm.

Kotze apparently forced his stepson into the house and then allegedly shot and killed him with a .22 rifle in one of the bedrooms.

This took place while the woman lay bound in the next room. Kotze had earlier asked the woman to come to the house to talk about something.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that earlier in the day Kotze had hired three men in the town to work in his garden. He apparently forced them to take turns raping the woman. The men wore balaclava caps while allegedly raping her.

Detectives yesterday discovered a cardboard box full of burnt documents behind the house, as well as Kotze’s letter. Mulaudzi said Kotze cut off parts of the woman’s breasts.

A local doctor treated the woman’s injuries on Tuesday evening. Yesterday she was in a place of safety.

Kotze, who apparenly owns two farms near Bloemfontein, fled in a white Toyota Fortuner (DCS 392 FS). The three workers fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kotze or the three men should phone Colonel Mabisela Mohale at 082 565 8606.

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