Crowds return for Kotzé co-accused

2012-04-02 09:50

Modimolle - People began filing into the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Monday ahead of a bail application by three men charged with Johan Kotzé in connection with an attack on his wife.

Mmapuru Peter Mohlako, Andries Paparona Sithole, and Sello Frans Mphaka, told the court on Friday they believed exceptional circumstances existed for them to be granted bail.

They told the court they believed they would be acquitted if the charges against them were not withdrawn.

The three are charged with, among others, rape, murder, conspiracy to rape, kidnapping, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

They allegedly gang-raped Kotzé’s wife and mutilated her with objects including nails, a screwdriver, and an angle-grinder, on January 3.

They had been hired to work in the garden of Kotzé’s rented home in Modimolle. He allegedly forced them to attack his wife.

Kotzé also allegedly lured his stepson to the house and killed him.

In the bail application, the three men told the court they committed the crimes because Kotzé had threatened them with a gun.

Their bail application was postponed on Friday because of bad weather and a power failure.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-02 10:14

    What does Ina Bonette say? She is the one who was there, and I'm pretty sure she can testify whether they were being threatened or not. Their story sounds really far-fetched. I googled it, and the sum of R150 each comes up quite a bit. Sounds nearer to the truth than what they are saying.

  • Fredster - 2012-04-02 10:17

    How do you get an erection to rape a woman, while threatened with a gun?

      Jackie - 2012-04-02 10:22

      Exactly what I wanted to ask! Is a man capable of doing the deed because he is told to? Or threatened? Is a man able to be forced into a sustainable erection by threats? Come on!! Ina will know if they raped her & if they did then sorry for them they must be tried & found guilty.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-02 10:34

      @fredster69: I take it you are a man? As a woman, I have no idea of the requirements for a man to "do the deed". But, what I do know, after many years of marriage, is that if things are not right (not happy, stressed, broke, hungry, under pressure, afraid etc) there is no way that one can achieve the desired response. (sjoe, how's that for diplomatic?). So how in heaven's name was this possible? Or, is there the possibility that something else motivated them to do the deed? Like it happens in time of war, or during a robbery/break in/gang rape when there is an adrenalin rush? I am not vindicating their actions, because they always had the power of choice, but merely trying to establish how this is possible under trying circumstances.

  • Ian - 2012-04-02 10:17

    just hang the bastard and stop wasting tax payers money

  • Josie - 2012-04-02 10:18

    His wife has already made her statements. They were never forced to rape her..... according to her statements it was out of their own free will... REMEMBER I AM REPEATING WHAT I READ IN THE PAPERS JUST AFTER THIS INCIDENT TOOK PLACE.... perhaps go check the first reports out.

  • Mable - 2012-04-02 10:42

    Pls lock de bastard up, so de vistim can move on with her life...

  • Fanie - 2012-04-02 11:37

    Hang them high!!!!!

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-02 11:51

    Sorry to say this, but anyone who would do that to someone even at the threat of being killed is a sick human being.

  • hoyingomane - 2012-04-02 12:09

    @news24 why do you delete all comments supporting the black victims even if they are not racist but you keep racist comments by whites?

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-04-02 12:14

    The investigating officer says they told him they couldn't get an erection and how is this rape??? Maybe we should wait for the victim to take the stand and get her side of the story. I don't thnik she will let innocent people go to jail. It won't bring closure.

  • Manu - 2012-04-02 12:20

    I think that these young fellows are going to do more time than Kotze. Strange though that many here do not want to believe that these youngsters were unwilling participants in this crime. Newspaper reports said that Kotze was a butcher. So this man who is seemingly unconnect to the crime world manages to find 3 men to rape and torture his wife? I find this scenario hard to believe.

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