Johan Kotzé sentenced to life

2013-07-17 12:30

Cape Town - The so-called "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé was sentenced to life in prison in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday.

Kotzé received a life sentence for the murder of his stepson Conrad Bonette, a life sentence for the rape of Ina Bonette and 25 years for kidnapping and assault.

Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlake, and Sello Mphaka, Kotzé's co-accused also received life sentences.

Judge Bert Bam said Kotzé had not showed remorse for assault, murder and kidnapping.

A teary Ina Bonnette told reporters in court that Kotzé deserved the sentence he received.

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

Kotzé denied guilt, claiming he could not be held accountable for his actions that day.

  • Karabo Makgala - 2013-07-17 12:34

    serves them right.

      Alwyn van der Merwe - 2013-07-17 12:42

      Couldn't happen to a better guy. People like this should not be part of society. What really irks me is that they still have the right to vote.

      procold2 - 2013-07-17 12:43

      death sentence sounds better

      Johan Scheepers - 2013-07-17 12:52

      This guy should have been hung. Why should my taxes go towards feeding this guy.

      Pieter Grobler - 2013-07-17 12:57

      This is wonderful news indeed. HOWEVER, it costs the taxpayer now 3 x R 10,000.00 PER MONTH to keep these degenerates locked up. R 30,000.00 per month for the rest of their lives! R 30,000.00 per month which could be spent sending 15 children from lower income homes to better schools for decent education! I say...let them free...put their faces on every lamp post...publish their photos and ID numbers in every newspaper in print and let the public, family and friends of the victims decide their fate. Enough of caring for the criminals. Let's do everything we can to prevent the children of this country to walk a road of crime and violence.

      Janicemcmaster - 2013-07-17 12:58

      Excellent Judge!!! Well done.

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-07-17 13:08

      Unfair sentence for the other 3 guys. My view.

      Pieter Grobler - 2013-07-17 13:11

      Sorry, my bad. There are 4 degenerates...R 40,000.00 per month...20 children. If we take all the inmates in the prison system at the moment (150,000) it means that we can send 750,000 children per year to better schools! That is an ENTIRE GRADE PER YEAR! In 12 years we (tax payers) would have sent an entire generation to decent schools...leveling the playing field...improving the living conditions of MILLIONS! But NO! Human rights activists encourage us to care for degenerates like they are NOT monsters, whilst innocent children are suffering. The system sucks!

      Cindy Naude - 2013-07-17 13:13

      @ Pieter 4 x R10000/month!! it's a shame that our tax money has to pay for the damn criminals to have a good life in prison!

      Debbie du Plessis - 2013-07-17 13:16

      Good Verdict ... anything less would have been injustice!

      Ann Murray - 2013-07-17 13:18

      At last - the NPA got their man/men! Well done!!!

      carpejugulim - 2013-07-17 13:30

      oh yay ... a lifetime holiday at the taxpayer's expense with the right to appeal for parole after 10 years

      Mrs_K - 2013-07-17 13:35

      Why thabang is it an unfair sentence for the other 3? Everyone has a choice in life.. They CHOSE to do what they did. Follow the story, you will see they are not innocent. Andries Sithole is married with a 4 year old son.. And he chose to rape a woman? What kind of man is that? Don't defend those that are guilty of such designating acts.

      Thabang Bonang - 2013-07-17 14:13

      @Mrs_K, The 3 were forced at gunpoint to rape her. Even Ina Bonnette mentioned that Kotze pointed them with a gun and threatened to kill them if they didn't do the act. There was no premeditation from any of them. You might say they were 3 and He was one. I am sure you know how the gun operates. Perhaps we cant even confirm how we would react if the gun was pointed at us.

      Linds Ron-House - 2013-07-17 15:45

      @Pieter, as costly as it may, human rights abuses are not comparable with a constitutional democracy. We cannot have extra-judicial killings. What I feel is lacking in our justice system is restorative justice.

      Lyell Van Der Walt - 2013-07-17 21:08

      @ Pieter - That's been my point all along. Law abiding poor folks have NOTHING ... but criminals have food, shelter and education at their finger tips (paid for the by taxpayer of course). Violent rapists, your human rights can hang right alongside you. Petty criminals, put them in chain gangs and let them sweep the N1.

  • Megan Raasch - 2013-07-17 12:34

    Justice has been served!

      Zohan Steppingstone - 2013-07-17 14:04

      Papa wag vir jou - hahahahaha!

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-07-17 16:08

      Poloyatonki, I would think it is because there are so many more desperate black men to be found than white men. Like Thabang I have a certain feeling that these men were manipulated by their need for either money or because they hate white people or because he held a gun on them. Perhaps a combination of all three factors. Sadly their families are the ones who will suffer. One could argue if they didn't agree to take part in this crime they may have ultimately killed someone else at some point so they deserve to pay the price. One of them is HIV positive so probably will die in prison before he is eligible for parole. The other two will hopefully navigate their way to an early parole for good behaviour and come out rehabilitated and wiser men. Kotze on the other hand should be flogged while naked in public and then thrown into a deep dark pit with fire ants and hungry rats Shooting her youngest child while she was being raped and tortured is the cruellest thing I have ever heard. Justice has been served on him but it will never undo what this man did to a woman he claimed to love. She will go to her grave reliving those final moments of her sons life. May he burn eternally in hell while still alive.

      Boerseun San - 2013-07-17 16:41

      Kgosi, u surely do not want us to answer that?

  • Andrew Khonje - 2013-07-17 12:36

    so they are going to enjoy our taxes in rather hav my taxes go toward the death penalty

      Anton Van Schalkwyk - 2013-07-17 13:06


      Tertia Jacobs Henin - 2013-07-17 13:09

      this is south Africa - no death penalty.... and yes, our taxes pay for all the corrupted people's luxuries, included the prisoner's comfort.

      Breinlekkasie - 2013-07-17 13:14

      It is cheaper too.

      Helen Shevchuk - 2013-07-17 13:17

      They must ensure that criminals pay for their own stay in prison - they must WORK hard for it while in prison...

      Mochidi Virgy Machaba - 2013-07-17 14:21

      @Helen Shevchuk.... i agree with you why must we feed people who offend us?

      Babs Putar - 2013-07-17 14:25

      The Government of the day abolished the death sentence (to get more votes) and it happened during the time of Mandela's rule. Because of this law abiding citizens of this country are carrying the brunt of this. A referendum should have been held and the citizens of this country should have decided whether the death penalty was to have been abolished or not. Blow the bunny huggers - I say 'an eye for an eye'

  • Lucyfire - 2013-07-17 12:36

    life is quite a cushy sentence when what i needs is a noose around the neck...

  • Mokantane Christian Lekgothoane - 2013-07-17 12:36


  • Fabian McMillan - 2013-07-17 12:36

    Power to the people!!!!

      Vibrator - 2013-07-17 20:18

      Wa tamba.

  • Ishaad Mohammed - 2013-07-17 12:37

    YEAHHHHHHH - you are guilty you B@$tard not rot in jail. I hope u become someone's B!tcH in there.

  • Jakes Mullins - 2013-07-17 12:38

    The best news I've heard in a very long time! Thanks judge!

  • patrick.masseyhicks - 2013-07-17 12:39

    Life.......or in South Africa, 15 years

      Sandy Hammond - 2013-07-17 13:10

      Doesn't life mean 25 years maximum? We don't have the 'without the possibility of parole' here, do we?

      Deon Louw - 2013-07-17 14:04

      Good behaviour, discount on sentences from our dear leader and some get parole after 10 to 12.5 years (50% of sentence). It should not happen but it does.

      DeAndre Sosa - 2013-07-17 14:29

      I stand to be corrected, I have been told that in South Africa. A day in preason is counted as two days(12am-12pm = 1day, 12pm-12am =another day). This means 25 years is actually = 12.5 years. I hope this is wrong.

      Kaydee Booysen - 2013-07-17 17:26

      Maybe he just reports sick, goes to hospital for a week or two and whala, 5 star treatment

  • Maria Ferreira - 2013-07-17 12:39

    Good News... Now we just need the death penalty back so in future the country need not feed and maintain these monsters.

  • Gideon Andries van Zijl - 2013-07-17 12:41

    The Judge said that criminals is not put off by lesser sentences. I hope other judges lean from this. This criminals got what they deserved. Good for the law. I just hope that they are out of society for at least 25 years!

  • Bianca van Wyk - 2013-07-17 12:41

    awesome news!!! Hopefully this is an eye-opener for all the criminals that think that they can get away with these acts!!

  • Turtlephin - 2013-07-17 12:42

    I have never been so happy to hear a sentence like this one!!!! In fact, it's a little too kind a sentence for what they did but hey, that's all we're allowed to give them.

  • yttocs69 - 2013-07-17 12:42

    Good riddance...You horrible man..

  • Annerie Coetzee - 2013-07-17 12:44

    Death Penalty = empty jails = less tax money?

  • John Tex - 2013-07-17 12:45

    Best news ever ...

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-07-17 12:45

    YES!!!! For once justice has been served! May you and your comrades rot in prison!

  • Sarah Mohotlane - 2013-07-17 12:46

    mooi man,wish all de cases can b as fast as dis one.

  • Daardie Wetter - 2013-07-17 12:46


  • Michelle - 2013-07-17 12:47

    At last!! Some justice!

  • Patrick China Ngene - 2013-07-17 12:49


      Charles Monini - 2013-07-17 13:10

      the guy deserves it but about the other three guys i dont believe they should they are equally guilty. its so easy to pick up a guy by the robots to help with gardening and stuff but like he did just held them at gun point to do his dirty work. just a pity they black and cant afford expensive legal representation_

      Karen Gerhardi - 2013-07-17 13:16

      Charles, there were 3 of them. He wasn't holding them at gunpoint all the time. His hands were free while he was torturing her. They didn't do anything because they didn't want to.

      Sharyn Dabbs - 2013-07-17 13:34

      Shame on who exactly? Kotze is a sociopathic who has done something horrific before he did these terrible things to Ina. The 3 guys he got to help him could have turned on him, and killed him rather than do as he "made" them do. They all, the whole bunch of them, animals.

      Lazarus Evony - 2013-07-17 14:29

      Charles - 3 against 1. You do the math. Oh no wait - that might be a bit difficult for you...

      Boerseun San - 2013-07-17 16:44

      Monini, don't be a idiote, the judge were there, where were you dickhead?

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-07-17 17:31

      Karen, my understanding is that they weren't all in the room together with Kotze holding them at gunpoint. The one guy appeared to have recruited the other two and they hid or were locked in a cupboard while Kotze and the recruiter did whatever they did and the other two were brought in separately and made to rape her at gunpoint. At some point Kotze called her son - possibly he planned to frame these guys for raping Ina using her son but changed his plan because these guys had not been entirely co-operative and he still wanted Ina to suffer as he thought she had made him suffer and at that point he decided to kill her son - and let her live feeling that she was responsible for her son's death. This change of plan is what led to the three hired instruments taking flight and with them gone he realised the game was up and he too fled. This was a premeditated planned murder set in motion by Kotze to inflict maximum physical and emotional pain. Perhaps he planned all along or maybe he felt she hadn't suffered enough so he decided to kill her son. The other three men had not agreed to be part of a murder maybe did not know that Kotze planned to kill the son and frame them. At the point when the son arrived they were being held at gunpoint and together but when he shot the son instead of Ina they decded to make a run for it. I'm speculating here but that is how I think it went down and possibly how the judge reasoned it too. No male DNA was found remember.

  • Bongeka - 2013-07-17 12:49

    Thanks God, justies has been served. Halleluja.

  • Bjorn Van Huyssteen - 2013-07-17 12:50

    May he rot in hell for the needs at orchestrated! Pig!

  • Michelle du Toit - 2013-07-17 12:51

    Justice for Ina and her son at last!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Hester Vorster - 2013-07-17 12:51

    Hope he GETS it in Jail!!! Day in, and Day out ALL DAY LONG!!

  • Eugene Viviers - 2013-07-17 12:51

    Death sentance would have been even more appropriate.

  • Stephen Michaels - 2013-07-17 12:51

    Sentence should read-'U r hereby granted freedom of worry regarding life at the expence of tax payers....freedom is yours at last.'

  • Barbara Eksteen - 2013-07-17 12:51 he got what he asked for. Now go die slowly u low life scum....all 4 of u

  • Antonio Ricky Francisco - 2013-07-17 12:52

    Jy bohoort daar ou boet...

  • Thapza Jubsta - 2013-07-17 12:53

    now thats JUSTICE..........

  • Sanette Moolman - 2013-07-17 12:53

    yes yes yes!!!!!

  • Gert Coetzer - 2013-07-17 12:54

    Now this is the best news ever - it gives one a warm feeling and almost makes you believe in the justice system - now they need to cope with the 26 and 28 gangs in jail - they are litterally going to become jailbait now - as rapist and child molesters receives "special"treatment in SA jails which even the wardens cant defend them from

      Israel - 2013-07-17 20:49

      Gert i hope that he gets this "special" treatment every single day until he rots in a hell-hole called JAIL!!

  • Carol Harvey - 2013-07-17 12:54

    Oh the best news I've seen ... yaaaaahoooooooooooo ! BUT, Kotze STILL takes no responsibility for what he has done

  • Lidz Mabotha - 2013-07-17 12:54

    U should have thrown the hny bastard into the sea.

  • Magda Grove - 2013-07-17 12:55

    They got off lightly! Should have been the death sentence!

  • Sthembiso Jali - 2013-07-17 12:55

    Next on the line- Oscar.

      Brenda Pretorius - 2013-07-17 15:05

      Oh this is soooooo swak! Tasteless!

  • Mauritz Venter - 2013-07-17 12:55

    Really? So u would want a 'free' life in SA jail?? And do tell should we been privatising prisons so we can make crime into a viable source of income? Really now

  • Gnr David 'T' Thapelo - 2013-07-17 12:56


  • Jacques Shreky Stander - 2013-07-17 12:57

    Should have killed this ass-ole!!

  • Noshika Singh - 2013-07-17 12:58

    Great! now lets hope they rot in there!Honestly speaking,they deserve alot worse!

  • Kallie Marie - 2013-07-17 12:59

    RESULT !!

  • Diane Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen - 2013-07-17 13:00

    Rot in jail. Let this be a lesson to those who rape our women and children. Well done JUDGE.

  • Attie Norman - 2013-07-17 13:01

    Not enough they should hang them by there dicks!!!!!!

      Alice Pretorius - 2013-07-17 13:45

      Nooiensvan Norman, stem saam met jou mnr. Norman

      Brenda Pretorius - 2013-07-17 15:04

      Ouch! Lol! That should be 'fun'!

  • Joan Vd Merwe - 2013-07-17 13:01

    I think he got off too lightly! Scumbag.

  • Sydney Mavhungu Sadiki - 2013-07-17 13:02

    oscar pistorious u'r next

  • Jamie Lee Meyer - 2013-07-17 13:02

    Um! Mauritz what exactly are you babbling about. You are so off topic. If you first read the news, then absorb the news, then think about saying constructive things. Then post your well thought out comment afterwards.

  • Thelma Flynn - 2013-07-17 13:05

    Hopefully it will be served consecutively and not concurrently

  • Bettie Kloppers - 2013-07-17 13:06

    Wonderfull news!! Just a pity we the taxpayers must pay for scum like him! Enjoy your time in jail, and after that Hell is waiting for you!!

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-07-17 13:06

    Let him rot!!

  • Heidi Hill - 2013-07-17 13:06

    I hope they get a taste of their own medicine in prison ..... If this country cannot dish out the Death Sentence then they deserve all the bad things coming to them whilst locked up !