Bonnette a believable witness - judge

2013-07-15 14:07

Pretoria - The so-called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé's ex-wife Ina Bonnette is a believable witness, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

"It wouldn't have been strange if she was at times unsure of events," acting Judge Bert Bam said in his judgment.

Kotzé and all co-accused were found guilty on Monday of kidnapping and the gang rape of Ina Bonette.

Kotzé and co-accused Andries Sithole were found fuilty of the murder of Bonnette's son, Conrad.

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane, and Sello Mphaka were on trial for allegedly murdering Kotzé's stepson Conrad Bonnette, 19, and kidnapping, repeatedly raping, and attempting to murder Ina Bonnette in Kotzé's Modimolle, Limpopo, home on 3 January 2012.

Kotzé has denied guilt, and has claimed he cannot be held accountable for his actions that day.

Sithole, Mohlane, and Mphaka claimed Kotzé threatened to shoot them if they did not co-operate.

Painful, traumatic

Bam said Bonnette was cross-examined by three experienced attorneys. He said this must have been traumatic and painful for her.

"She is just a human being. Any person makes mistakes," Bam said.

He said it was not uncommon for a witness, who was as emotional as Bonnette, to be unsure at times. He said she was not a perfect witness, and that it was not realistic to think such a person existed.

"There was a sound of truth [to her testimony]."

One of many examples of this was her testifying that, after the rape, she pleaded with her eyes for Kotzé's three co-accused to help her.

"It is unlikely that any witness would think of something like that," said Bam.


  • Rola Smith Jordaan - 2013-07-15 14:20

    dankie dankie dankie! sluit hom nou toe en gooi die sleutel weg!

      procold2 - 2013-07-15 15:24

      no the death penalty must reinstated and he can be stoned along with the three idiots, dont see why we must house and cloth these scum.

  • Riana Bruyns-Lombard - 2013-07-15 14:24

    My faith in our judicial system has been restored for now... Hope sentencing fits the crimes!

      Mariana Barry - 2013-07-15 15:07

      Death would be such a quick escape from the possibility of a haunting conscience.... besides he let Ina suffer for hours without any mercy. There is enough members in our jails drooling for entertainment.

  • Truth.nnete - 2013-07-15 14:24

    Kotze shot a person,who would dear to cross him after he made it clear that he was in the mood for kill anyone.Why are the 3 guys punished for fearing him.

      Erno - 2013-07-15 14:42

      Uhm,I don't know< let's think about it for a minute. Firstly it wasn't established that there was a gun (Read all related articles). Secondly, even if there was...There were three of them and one of the math!

      Bryan Culross - 2013-07-15 15:01

      Really! So when u get threatened in this way, u merely follow the person to the house, unzip, get an erection .... wow. A sane person wud just go the other way.

      Sam Adams - 2013-07-15 16:45

      @Erno, so the boy died from natural death?

      Sam Adams - 2013-07-15 16:47

      @Bryan Culross, there wasn't an erection. This is according to the witness,

  • Mapere Rantho - 2013-07-15 14:25

    kotze is die vuilgoed gamors of a weaked man

      Deon Louw - 2013-07-15 14:39

      Evil and wicked.

  • LAVOLPE-ZN - 2013-07-15 14:49

    Fuilty of murder? Sub Editors are asleep today

      Denise Papas - 2013-07-15 16:15

      As usual

  • Jambo Lucille - 2013-07-15 14:49

    We need to stop this black, white rubbish. These men deserve no life - Firstly the Monster himself...for many reasons we need not explain. Then the three others involved a) because they did nothing to defend a tortured woman, there were three of them, I would have rather died b) no man can rape with a gun to their heads, full stop! These are disgusting human beings, sent from the pits of hell, do you want any of these people on the streets, NO lock them up. Those of you defending these men or despicable, shame on you.

      Al Loots - 2013-07-15 14:58

      Hear Hear !!! Thank you.

      Wabomba Rogers - 2013-07-15 15:16

      Jambo, you can say that again.

      Zamandelu Shinga - 2013-07-15 15:46

      Your emotions shouldn't enter the stage for you to judge objectively. You are emotional about the incident and you are using "I" of which you are not one of those who were involved in the crime.

      Jambo Lucille - 2013-07-15 16:04

      I (!) am not entirely sure how one is not supposed to get emotional about this. As a human, as a parent, I (!) think I (!) am entitled to view it as it is, a horrific crime involving horrific human beings. You Zamandelu can view any which way you like.

  • Bolawana Carol Masao - 2013-07-15 15:00

    They must all rot in jail, they are all evil. There should be no place in the society for such animals. They are evil.

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  • Wabomba Rogers - 2013-07-15 15:15

    This Modimole monster is really sick. No man in his right mind could give up his wife to be raped by other men. I don't buy the excuse of the other 3 that they were forced to rape. Maybe they were high on viagra. What this lady went through was beyond horror. Very sad!

  • Marial Mubata - 2013-07-15 15:29

    The court is wrong! Fact that the witness was "at times unsure of events" and her former husband (who she spoke to a day after the attack when the event was still fresh in her mind) testified that she told him that the co-accused were forced to participate in the assault, introduced a "shadow of doubt" in the case. The co-accused should have been acquitted of rape. The test is: "Beyond reasonable or a shadow of doubt"! The court admits the key state witness' testimony was inconsistent but goes ahead and convicts! That is dangerous application of the law. Granted, the crime is heinous but law is law regardless of its moral content. This judgement is flawed and will be overturned on review/appeal by a higher court (and this has nothing to do with race).

      Zamandelu Shinga - 2013-07-15 15:39

      @Marial Mubata have you read the whole judgment of the court or you are relying on what you are reading here?

      Sam Adams - 2013-07-15 15:58

      @Marial Mubata - But we don't know the law, all we see is color. The accused said this guys couldn't even get an errection ( The only proof that the court has that this was pre-planned is an sms that reads "Please come clean my caravan". Which they say it means come rape my wife, which is just a theory

      Pheello Maleleka - 2013-07-15 23:44

      Good question Zamandelu to Marial !!

  • Lana Zandberg - 2013-07-15 15:45

    I agree they need life sentences without parole, in the worst prison sa has to offer where they will get the same treatment they dished out.

  • Sam Adams - 2013-07-15 15:51

    There is reasonable doubt in this case 1. The three co-accused were held at gun point. This is according to all 5. 2. This guys couldn't even get an erection this is according to that woman and them (

      Al Loots - 2013-07-15 16:02

      And then there is something called ''hearsay''...

      Marial Mubata - 2013-07-15 16:47

      It is safer for courts to err by freeing a guilty person than sending an innocent person to jail (or to die where capital punishment exists). @Al Loots; hearsay evidence is not admissible in court in our jurisdiction.

      Sam Adams - 2013-07-15 16:58

      I am dissapointed by the evidence that was used to prove that this was pre-planned. A message that says come clean my caravan. The court says it meant come rape my wife. There is no other evidence beyond that. What if the message really meant come clean my caravan? The guys went there for a cleaning job. I don't see how it prove beyond reasonable doubt that this guys are guilty, because even Kotze denies that it meant that only the prosecutor says it meant that.

  • stephan.vanheerden1 - 2013-07-15 15:54

    BlaBlaBla are not informed, so rather keep out of it. These worms will be dealt with by the law...there is a thing called "an interpretation of a journalist's opinion". Go to the court itself, and hear for yourself WHAT ACTUALLY happened. Don't believe what you read....

  • Rob Heath - 2013-07-15 17:22

    Good for you Ina, the correct verdict - now the sentence needs to fit the crime properly.

  • Spats Domingo - 2013-07-17 16:32

    Poor woman. May God give her the strength to continue life with this nightmare that will haunt her for years to come. Those scum that did this to her deserve nothing less than to be strung up from the nearest tree.

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