Cops closing in on Limpopo man

2012-01-06 12:00

Johannesburg - A 51-year-old man wanted for an attack on his estranged wife and the murder of her son is no longer in Limpopo, provincial police said on Friday.

Beeld named the man as Johan Kotze.

"We are dealing with an intelligent man, he is evasive. He is not in Limpopo, but we are closing his space bit by bit and we will grab him," Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

"We have beefed up the team of detectives and trackers. We are working together with the Hawks and I am confident he will be arrested." Mulaudzi said there were reasons to suspect someone was feeding him with information.

He dismissed reports that he was seen in Kimberley in the Northern Cape.

The man, whose identity document indicates he was born in Namibia, allegedly forced three men, believed to be his workers, at gunpoint to gang rape his estranged wife and mutilated her in his home in Modimolle on Tuesday.

He then lured his 19-year-old stepson to his house and shot him dead when he arrived.

Beeld newspaper reported on Friday that the 19-year-old university student had repeatedly pleaded with the man not to shoot him. He was shot in the chest and head.

The man fled in his white Toyota Fortuner, registration number DCS 392 FS. The three workers ran away and their whereabouts were unknown.

Mulaudzi said the woman was taken to hospital for observation on Thursday.

"We took her to hospital. She was not feeling well and we hope she will be discharged today [Friday]."

  • Heiku - 2012-01-06 12:06

    Refer to this guy as suspect or murderer. Not man. Please.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-06 12:25

      "but we are closing his space bit by bit and we will grab him," Drivel and spin. Translate as: "We don't have a cooking clue where he is".

      Hannes - 2012-01-06 12:36

      They will eventually find a dead body.

      Kevin - 2012-01-06 12:57

      @ Hannes, I will go with you on this one...

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-06 14:28

      It is truly the arbest title of a headline grabbing story ever. They could not be more vague even if they tried.

  • SamuraiMama - 2012-01-06 12:11

    "She was not feeling well..." Geez, you think? News24's journalism is really reaching new levels of poor. They publish incorrect information about this (and other) cases, without proper investigation, just in order to be the first website to feature the story. Sad.

      Nitronic - 2012-01-06 12:13

      took the words right out of my mouth. Poor very poor journalism

      roodbol - 2012-01-06 12:23

      ...'not feeling well'...! Wow, you ARE reaching new levels, Brigadier! Hell, do you HAVE a clue what she must have suffered... for the rest of her life? NOT FEELING WELL, hey? Please teach our politicians and police correct English to fit the crime and topic!

      Rudi - 2012-01-06 12:26

      Some reports document this poor boy as his son and others as his stepson. Which is it?!!? I agree, poor journalism. Sounds like SGanja is somewhere close...

      Jackky - 2012-01-06 15:17

      news24,s just quoted the reporting officer...let us all not forget that no one is perfect even the so called professors......news24,s keep up the good job

  • Thoka - 2012-01-06 12:14

    is this news or another waste of space???? Nxaaa, News24 I wish to apply for reporting position

      Morakane - 2012-01-06 15:48

      I think you need to just "pass" matric to qualify to be a reporter at News24.

  • Theresa - 2012-01-06 12:15

    According to SABC news this monster committed murder previously,while working as a sherrif of the court,but the charges were withdrawn.He is evil.I hope they shoot to kill when they find him!

  • sam.swanpoel - 2012-01-06 12:16

    With respect to say this woman was taken to hospital because she was not feeling well must be the understatement of the decade.

  • Nitronic - 2012-01-06 12:18

    Ok let me get this straight. This happened on Tueday, They figured out on Friday (which is today) that the suspect is no longer in Limpopo where the crime took place? AND THEN THEY BELIEVE THEY ARE CLOSING IN ON THE SUSPECT???? Im a missing something here? I jope they catch him soon.

  • Robinson - 2012-01-06 12:20

    Lets hope he does not use the internet or he will know that he should change his numberplate and probably go back to limpopo prov where no one is looking for him :-)

  • Lehlohonolo - 2012-01-06 12:20

    SAPS is useless, how can they say "we are closing his space bit by bit" but you dont know where he is. isnt there a way you can trace this guy e.g cellphone, atm's etc. clearly this guy cant drive off very far without needing money for food, petrol etc.

      Mtizozo - 2012-01-06 13:53

      that's the way police work, they can not give all the info, he will fly,,

  • Mandla Shiphamele - 2012-01-06 12:21

    Have u realized dat Limpopo police officials ar gud at fighting crimes committed by the public but they fail to fight against the crime being committed by the government officials

  • Shannon - 2012-01-06 12:25

    News24 should really invest in an investigative journalist. There have been reports by the police that we was spotted in Witbank. I agree with the fact that police are not doing their jobs here and like many have said, putting details like that on the internet is negligent. He will be checking the news everyday and that is how he keeps getting away. "Oh look, they know I am here, let me run in the middle of the night while they are eating their midnight snack at the nearest garage!" What a bunch of dumb idiots!

  • Hamrammr - 2012-01-06 12:28

    During earlier, Heathen/Pagan times this guy would have been tied up and thrown into a bog and left to drown in the mud. A fitting sentence for a pig like this...

  • Thoka - 2012-01-06 12:29

    you can only close in on someone when you know their exect location, Look at Lybian rebels for example

  • Ndivhuho - 2012-01-06 12:34

    Is this an attempt to flush him out or for the public to be informed??

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-01-06 14:00

      Is there a photo somewhere? Usually that helps.

  • - 2012-01-06 12:38

    I hope SAPS! will get him before he Kills him self, agaim if God is fair he would not allow his Soul to be on his side. Just saying if they found him dead. The guy is a Syco if I may say....

  • Mr C - 2012-01-06 12:42

    again?? This is about the 3rd time they've been reportedly closing in on him... oh, & he's been captured once too... lol! Journo's & weathermen, both play the guessing game apparently!

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 12:48

    Surely the car has a tracking unit in it? Why not work with the traking companies to get this and if a warrant is needed for it, get it?

      DiamondDirk - 2012-01-06 12:58

      This is true. All cars over R250k should have a tracking device. Most insurance companies demand it.

      Theresa - 2012-01-06 13:07

      The first reports stated that there was no tracking unit in the vehicle.It's not registered anywhere.

  • Nadia - 2012-01-06 13:20

    i think they need to let the Namibian Police know as well.... Nam is the first place he would've fled to if he could still get out of the country... seeing that he has 3 passports...

  • Lufuno - 2012-01-06 13:23

    some people dont even knows how difficult it is to be a police man. remember they are all human like u, they are no magicians or sangomas. even if they know where he is, i dont think they will make it public. I honestly think the police are doing all they can. look at the sunday rapist, look at Henning killers.......please people, why always critisise?

  • Kobus - 2012-01-06 13:25

    Was the Beeld reporter at the scene when it happened as you are saying "Beeld newspaper reported on Friday that the 19-year-old university student had repeatedly pleaded with the man not to shoot him."? Or did they catch one of the rapists that told them this? And if they dont know where he is at present, how can the SAP say he is NOT here or there? Guessing all the time it seems?

      Nyiks11 - 2012-01-06 14:14

      If you were forced to have sexual intercourse at gunpoint by a madman , I take it you'd be happy being labelled a rapist .NOT

  • elphaas.mgiba - 2012-01-06 13:44

    should YOU find him please hang him with his private part!

      Buck - 2012-01-06 14:17

      Side by side? or is his private part so long it can be used to hang him? /justkidding

  • Lufuno - 2012-01-06 13:57

    I dont think the guy is still using the same car he fled with. comeon guys, when you are a fugitive, u do all tactics to save ur a$$. it is easy for him to runaway, but the question is "for how long?". During this stage, as readers/viewers, we will be getting different information, some will be lies, some will be truth. i.e. poor journalism, poor policing/police statements etc. I think me and you, our role is to assist with information, when needed. it happens everywhere, even the most technological advanced (US), FOUND It difficult to find Osama Bin Ladden. so with our poor, (but good sometimes) might take sometime. South Africa, our Land........

      Buck - 2012-01-06 14:19

      Quite the detective are we? Honestly do you think the cops will disclose their exact methods to the public?

  • Greg - 2012-01-06 14:32

    Its all good, he just needs to say sorry to god and he will go to heaven :) haha

  • Ronel - 2012-01-06 15:15

    "Woman not feeling well"...Honestly what an understatement...Hope she is getting the BEST medical and psychological help available..not just 24 hrs in a hospital. She is in our prayers and thoughts..

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-01-06 21:24

      I think it was just a language problem. If he used big words like 'devastated' the poor man would still be pissed upon.

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  • Charmaine Paterson - 2012-01-06 15:48

    I don't understand how the woman was taken to hospital on Thursday, when she was gang-raped and mutilated on Tuesday? As for the police closing in, it's taking a while, we heard the same line on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Ronel - 2012-01-06 15:51

    “We have notified all the border posts about him. He won’t get away,” Mulaudzi said. The woman was admitted to a Pretoria hospital and operated on yesterday afternoon. “She can’t even walk properly. He even broke one of her toes,” a friend said. Kotze apparently also cut off pieces of the woman’s breasts and sodomised her with tools. “…She is broken and looks terrible,” the friend said. She is also taking anti-retrovirals and is living in fear that Kotze will track her down and kill her. Rex said he is grateful that Conrad’s sister, Angelique (16), did not accompany Conrad to the house where the murder took place. “Kotze said he would have done the same with her,” he said. The three men who allegedly raped the woman fled on foot. They are still at large. Kotze left a letter at the house, but its contents are not known. Extract for "The Wittness"

      Ronel - 2012-01-06 15:53

      And New24 report "She is not feeling well"..

      Louise - 2012-01-06 19:45

      Well said, Ronel. I fully understand that certain facts are witheld from the public, for obvious reasons - I'm just perturbed by the enourmous differences in reporting from one publication to the next - is this an example of all other news items too?

      Ronel - 2012-01-07 08:54

      @ Louise, I agree some information should be withheld...but to not even bother to find out the truth makes me angry. News 24 is suppose to be a credible source of News. It is their duty to investigate a story and then only report. I understand that many of their stories originate from SAPA, but in my viewpoint it is such a lazy comment to say the poor woman "is not feeling well", when other network actually report the extent of some of her horrendous injuries. If you read the report of the The Wittness you will notice her toe was broken, she was sodomized, mutilation of her breast and she was raped. And to top it all her son was murdered...

  • Sarah - 2012-01-06 18:01

    They should have released the details of the suspect immediately after the crime took place, that way, the public would have alerted the police if indeed he was was an unprofessional move on their part because it indirectly gave the suspect oppertunity to hide anywhere on earth!!!..

      John - 2012-01-06 18:12

      Dear Sarah, As a victim of multiple crimes, I ask you whatever gave you the idea that the police are going to be professionals in LIMPOPO?

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-01-06 21:30

    Someone is helping this poephol. He has friends that are checking the sites, and assisting him. Of that I am sure. N24, please post his photo every day, and to the rest of us: we need to keep our mouths shut. Phone the cops if you spot him.

      Ronel - 2012-01-07 09:09

      @ Tania I agree...Post it everywhere...The Photo's I saw of this sick, pathetic creature is very vague..

  • Chabi - 2012-01-06 21:58

    Brigadier, I am withdrawing my earlier Congratulations... Geez just call Tracker they will locate the Fortuner for you & you can go pick the prick, as easy as that... now all you crazy news24 commentators never thought I was this I am awaiting my reward SAPS fat cops.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-01-07 00:25

      That Fortuner is parked in a bush somewhere. He knows that we are all tracking him. Probably shaved his head or wearing a wig. Bustard.

  • richard.galpin - 2012-01-07 18:03

    And so many white people have the temerity to label black people as B----- savages. I ask you!!!!

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