Arrest of suspected Limpopo killer 'imminent'

2012-01-09 17:11

Johannesburg - The arrest of the man suspected of orchestrating a gruesome assault on his estranged wife and killing his teenage stepson in Modimolle, is imminent, Limpopo police said on Monday.

"We are on the brink of a breakthrough, arrest is imminent," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said of Johan Kotze.

"It is a matter of time," he said.

Earlier on Monday, police involved the Hawks and crime intelligence in the search.

"The hunt is now on the heels of the man, but I cannot disclose further information as this might jeopardise the investigation."

Kotze, 50, reportedly forced three men, believed to be his workers, to assault his estranged wife at his Modimolle home last Tuesday.

According to news and police reports, Kotze also lured his 19-year-old stepson to the house and shot and killed him when he arrived.

Mulaudzi said Kotze's personal details indicate he was born in Namibia.

He said the woman was discharged from hospital on Monday.

The Star newspaper reported on Monday that international police organisation Interpol had also been asked to help in the hunt for Kotze.

  • Bardy - 2012-01-09 17:15

    Whatever! It's been going on for a week where arrest was imminent...

      Louise - 2012-01-09 17:34

      If this wasn't as tragic, the development of the investigation would have been very funny indeed. Does NEWS24 have no news to report on, therefore subjecting the public to nonsensical non-reporting....?

      George - 2012-01-09 18:16

      Copy and past head lines again.

      Hermann - 2012-01-09 20:03

      @Louise. Hey girl stop moaning and give News24 some worthwhile news while you are at it.

  • Julie.Rigby61 - 2012-01-09 17:17

    Yeah been saying this for how many days exactly. One article names him & publishes his photo and other articles refer to him as suspect, armed man etc etc. Shoddy reporting news24!!!!

      Hermann - 2012-01-09 20:05

      @Julie. Offer your services to News24 as it appears you are better at journalism than they are.

  • Daft - 2012-01-09 17:17

    Wonder if was the "BLACK SHEEP" of the family, They better "BLACKLIST" him as well. Limpopo must be going to have a "BLACKOUT" !!

  • Assis - 2012-01-09 17:21

    'Imminent' is that within 24 hours, 7 days 52 weeks or years? The spin on the progress of this case is really arrested development.

      Marius - 2012-01-09 19:37

      Any year now!

  • Hunter - 2012-01-09 17:22

    It's starting to look like the police are hoping he will hand himself over if they continue to declare his arrest is close...

      Greg - 2012-01-09 17:25

      It looks like he just got away with murder, literally

  • ilsewepener - 2012-01-09 17:23

    Wow! I'm so tired to read basically the same heading every day. Then freakin catch him already! It doesn't mean anything if you guys just say you gonna catch him. And why tell the media that all the time, does the police hope that the man will shake in fear and show up at a police station?

  • Mpho - 2012-01-09 17:27

    seeing is believing!

  • Odicito - 2012-01-09 17:28


  • Zuljin01 - 2012-01-09 17:29

    Same was said, when Lolly Jackson was murdered..... In May it will be 2 years since he was killed.....

  • barry.mcbride - 2012-01-09 17:33

    Wow, a fifty year old "born in Namibia"!

      PvdLK - 2012-01-09 17:40

      And your point is??

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-09 18:15

      @Petro: I know it’s Monday but why so serious? A hint supporting my ‘ludicrous’ remark can be 1968 or 1990, but you must do the arithmetic!

      Johan Grobbelaar - 2012-01-09 18:21

      He was born is South West Africa. Either way, its irrelevant. As long as they catch and torture him for the rest of his life, just as his wife will be, losing a child and being raped by a man u once trusted anbd who promised 2 love and cherish u.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-09 17:35

    In 2 weeks time they will be telling us the same cr@p!

  • Trevor - 2012-01-09 17:38

    They missed him...he was @ the PARTY yesterday (Leon Schuster under cover)

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-09 17:53

    Any day now... Any hour now... Any minute now... any second now.... we have no clue where he is!!

  • AyGeewils - 2012-01-09 17:57

    I's a matter of time?? Ok ...

      barry.mcbride - 2012-01-09 19:04

      Especially if time is a figment of our imagination!

  • yvonnecraig.linton - 2012-01-09 18:37

    have the cops apprehended the 3 other mondays?

  • Hermann - 2012-01-09 20:02

    Heard this somewhere earlier during the past week. I see the sofa journalists are having a great time here in the comments. Come on guys why don't you offer to take over if you can do it better?

  • Ken - 2012-01-09 20:03

    KOTZE...if you are reading this, I would like to make a suggestion (Do you understand English?) Why don't you save everyone a lot of misery and money and hang yourself from the nearest tree?

      Howard - 2012-01-09 23:27

      Not the answer. Needs help out beloved lord Jesus will forgive even you and I who are so righteous

  • Ken - 2012-01-09 22:37

    Arrested Development ?

  • Howard - 2012-01-09 23:22

    Get the blood hounds off and let the police do there job. He is a sicko and will be bought to justice. Pray for him

  • Annerie - 2012-01-10 07:02

    "we are on the brink...." Heard that one before. Piet Beyleveldt sal hom kry!

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