Johan Kotzé admits shooting stepson

2012-11-22 15:48

Pretoria - Alleged "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé admitted shooting his stepson, but claimed he had not taken aim and that "a shot had gone off".

This was the version put to Kotzé's former wife Ina Bonette by Kotzé's lawyer Bernard Bantjes in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Kotze, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Bonette's son Conrad, 19, and kidnapping, repeatedly raping, assaulting and attempting to murder Bonette on 3 January this year.

Bonette denied Kotzé's claims that it had been her idea to phone her son to come to the house, and that she had shown the number on her phone to Kotze. According to Kotze, he had told Conrad his mother wanted him to come to the house.

Bantjes said according to Kotzé he could not remember everything that well, but he could remember falling asleep next to Bonette on the bed.

He claimed he saw Conrad outside after Bonette woke him up to tell him there was a knock at the door.

While he was peeping out of the window, he "felt there was a rifle".

Kotzé's version was that Conrad wanted to know where his mother was and that Kotzé picked up the rifle before following the teenager down the passage.

"Just before he was about to enter the room where you were, Conrad asked, down the passage, where his mother was. The accused was startled and turned in Conrad's direction.

"Conrad said something like 'no, don't'. He went into the room next door.

"The accused followed him and stood in the door. Then Conrad said 'please uncle, don't' for a second time.

"The accused cannot remember taking aim, but a shot went off. He was startled. He saw Conrad going down on his haunches.

"The accused remembers sitting in the passage against the wall at one stage. He does not know what he did with the firearm.

"He can remember leaving the house and falling. He does not remember how long he lay there, but he remembers feeling too weak to get up," Bantjes said.

Bonette had testified that she had heard her son begging for mercy, followed by a shot. She heard him begging for mercy again, followed by two more shots.

She was unable to talk to Kotzé during the ordeal because her mouth had been taped shut. She told the court she was convinced Kotzé had planned the whole thing.

The trial continues.

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-11-22 15:57

    This is just ridiculous I must say, I haven’t ever heard this kind of nonsense. Aggg just admit you killed him for goodness sake

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-22 16:07

      Agree its rediculous! Snip off his noodle and let the scum bleed to death! Why must this vermin live off taxpayers money!

      henry.justice.372 - 2012-11-22 17:06

      "claimed he had not taken aim and that "a shot had gone off"." Lies. When you have a firearm in hand you deff don't point it near anyone just incase it go's off. This prick should be hanged alongside the rapists

  • caroline.jacobs.1675 - 2012-11-22 15:58

    Hang this despicable bastard!

      annette.duvenhage.1 - 2012-11-22 16:20

      I agree, hang him in public..and only alow woman wit minora blades to attend the hanging ceromonie..

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-22 16:01

    Selective memory -- all lies!

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-11-22 16:01

    Who's gonna believe that.

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-22 16:02

    Why kill the kid if you are not in the right mind? that makes no sense at all, that was a concious decision to cover himself! This man is a sick and twisted individual and doesn't deserve to breath the same air the rest of us do!

  • bernice.thompson.77 - 2012-11-22 16:02

    This does take a professional person of the law to know this was a premeditated act. This low life common piece of scum should not be allowed to waste the tax payers money by being allowed to sit in a court room and tell so many lies. There is something seriously wrong with this piece of scum and he should be taken away from society and never be allowed to ever mingle with the human race again. GATVOL

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-22 16:03

    How strange that the taxi driver of the Dewani case went to jail for 18 years almost immediately and he didn't even pull a trigger, but this case where this monster is guilty (in my eyes) is going to take forever!!!! Ina testified that two shots were fired and her son and pleaded for his life!! So please don't come with this bulls### that the gun accidentally went off!! I'm not going to follow this trial I'm just going to get mad!!! Ina stay strong my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter!!!!

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-22 16:07

      It "accidently" went off that many times, because that normally happens........ The whole testemony is just weak!

      shannon.moffett.9 - 2012-11-22 16:31

      The guy in the dewani case pleaded guilty. Big difference

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-22 17:23

      @Shannon yes you are right I didn't think about that!!

  • theresa.smith.39395 - 2012-11-22 16:04

    This guy is psycho!

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-11-22 16:07

    It really gets thoroughly irritating when you read BS like this. This man should just own up to his actions and save us the bull.

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-22 16:10

    This is one sick person, they should his background maybe he belongs to Nazi soldiers.

  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-22 16:10

    Burn MF Burn

  • brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-11-22 16:14

    It's so easy to try and claim 'instability', but it's just a pathetic excuse...that, or he really did have a psychotic break which would explain the memory loss, but in no way excuses his horrific actions!

  • DrGonzoSA - 2012-11-22 16:36


  • mmoledis - 2012-11-22 16:37

    Even though that woman was not good for you, you have no right to do what you have done, this shows that one way or the other you did not have love for that woman and his child and the way that man acted is not tolerable so he should be behind bars and for life because he even took the life of inocent child without any reason, death penalty should be brought back only for specific case like this one,murder,heist,rape and rhino poarching.

  • Nkosinathi.Sibbs - 2012-11-22 16:37

    Deaty pernality to all deadly criminals and lets castrate all monsters that rape women. That monster will be sleeping like a king in prison, eating for free, studying for any career of his choice, watching TV, but the sad thing is we are footing the bill through our taxes we pay the government. What role do such monsters play in keeping them in prison entertained? So lets bring back death penalty and weed out criminals in our society

  • willem.wulfse - 2012-11-22 16:50

    Amazing that the unintended shot never hits the perpetrator in the right spot. Plus the victim was heard begging for his life.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-22 17:08


  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-11-22 18:08

    Shame on us! How strange our toys are - instruments spewing death at odd times. We profess to be civilized, but it's only when one steps in a court of law or reads any newspaper that our real nature is proved to the contrary. Why didn't he simply walk away? Is it the deep-rooted ANGER and contempt for life that have become SA's trademarks?

  • Poetry Pencil - 2012-11-22 18:32

    If he had a beard he wud'v been labeled a terrorist. Thats the world we live in

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-11-22 20:43

      Blunt pencil, when he was arrested, he did have a beard.

  • susan.willemse - 2012-11-22 19:26

    Jy is 'n genadelose monster! Hoe kan jy sekere dinge onthou en sekere dinge vergeet? Moenie dink jy gaan wegkom nie, jy sal boet vir jou dade! Jy-t 'n lewe geneem waarop jy geen reg het nie! ;y't 'n vrou geroof van vrouwees, geskend en seker gehoop sy sal dit nie maak nie! Maar God help haar deur die moeilike tyd om sterk te wees, sodat jy jou straf kan kry! Hoop jy gaan blou-baadjie kry, en lewenslank gemartel en verkrag word! Jy is 'n Monster, Johan Kotze!!!!!!

  • reinette.berg - 2012-11-22 23:29

    Psychopath, without any conscience. Would love to hear why wife nr 1 and 2 divorced him.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2012-11-23 09:57

    Hy lieg so hy glo homself. Tipies psigopaat, dis nooit sy skuld nie. Plaas hulle die ding net inni trok sit en hom ontman.

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