Kotzé accused 'not threatened with gun'

2012-04-02 12:17

Modimolle - The three men charged with Johan Kotzé for an attack on his wife were not threatened with a gun, the Modimolle Magistrate's Court heard on Monday.

In an affidavit, investigating officer Hendrick Kruger said that, while pointing out the scene of the crime, they had not mentioned being threatened with a gun.

He said Andries Sithole told the police they tried to rape Kotzé's wife but could not get erections.

Sithole, Peter Mohlako and Sello Frans Mphaka are charged with, among others, rape, murder, conspiracy to rape, kidnapping, and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.


Kruger said cellphone records indicated that Sithole and Kotzé had made contact 22 times since December 22.

He said that, according to the three, Kotzé told them he wanted them to have sex with his wife because she was too fat and she was divorcing him.

He promised to pay them afterwards.

Kruger said Kotzé ordered them to hide in a wardrobe. When his wife arrived they confronted her, tied her to the bed and tried to rape her.

Afterwards, Kotzé ordered them to go to the kitchen. They ran away.

Kruger said if the three were innocent they would have handed themselves over to the police when they learned that Kotzé had been arrested.

He told the court it was strange that they waited for Kotzé to pick them up after they had run away from his home.

"How could they wait for him if they were afraid of him?" he asked.

Violent crime

Public prosecutor Renier van Rooyen said the three should not be granted bail because the crime they committed was violent.

He said they cut off the wife's nipples, stabbed her breasts with a sharp object and cut her vagina with a side cutter. She was also stabbed with steel nails.

They had been hired to work in the garden of Kotzé's rented home in Modimolle.

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

Van Rooyen said if the three were granted bail they might provoke the community, which had staged a number of protests after their arrest.

The proceedings continue.

  • Janice - 2012-04-02 12:24

    Bloody savages, I hope they die a slow and painful death!!!!!

  • Michelle - 2012-04-02 12:28

    Such a horrific story. And now the perpetrators become the victims??? Get real please. Skiet die bliksems dood

      kswanepoel - 2012-04-02 12:45

      Agree Michelle, but I'd love to see the Death Penalty come back, after the victim is allowed to torture all 3!

  • Carla - 2012-04-02 12:45

    If Ina corroborates this, then I see no reason why these 3 should not receive the harshest possible sentence.

  • Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-02 12:47

    I'm confused...they raped her, but they couldn't get an erection?! I'm sorry, bottom line is if they were forced into any of it, Mrs. Kotze would have recognized it and testified to it, which she has not!! These are men who may have later regretted their actions due to all the trouble they're now in...but I don't care one iota for how they feel they need bail to care for their families. They should have thought of that in the first place. I feel for their families as they have to live with the disgrace and the consequences too, but these men must go to hell!!!

      Zimbobwe - 2012-04-02 13:05

      But Gemma Mrs Kotze hasn't taken a stand yet nor has she discussed this case with you. Mrs Kotze have never said anything about the case, she only mentioned how broken she was. Let's wait for her side of her story before making any conclusions. You will be surprised...

      Schmee - 2012-04-02 13:06

      In answer to your question, since December 2007 the definition of rape now includes sexual penetration with an inanimate object.

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-02 13:20

      You obviously haven't followed this story properly at all! I know she hasn't taken the stand, but she has spoken to police and will have made a statement. Furthermore the lawyers defending her side of her story are the ones opposing the three accomplices bail!! We would have heard such a defense by now...honestly. So sorry, but I doubt I'll be so-called surprised. If a man held me at gunpoint to do that he would have had to shoot me coz as a human being I simply could not have gone through with it...and anyone who might have on grounds of trying to stay alive would have been left completely traumatised and would have evidently expressed their unwillingness to cooperate. They're not the only people in the world to be forced to perform cruel acts...but their own stories don't add up or make any kind of logical sense. They may not be the masterminds...but they're certainly not innocent victims!!!

      Schmee - 2012-04-02 13:29

      I doubt that she would appreciate being called Mrs Kotze after what he did to her. Her name is Ina Bonnette.

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-02 14:01

      Agreed Schmee....and my apologies. I just couldn't think what her name is. Thank you for correcting me.

      Michelle - 2012-04-02 15:20

      @Zimbobwe Mrs Kotze has given a very thorough interview to You magazine She was most definitely raped by the three "victims" Am assuming you have "surprising" new evidence.

  • Mashudu - 2012-04-02 12:51

    sick..must rot in jail.

  • Oom - 2012-04-02 12:55

    Shame poor woman. May they get exactly what they deserve

  • Felix - 2012-04-02 12:58

    Where are all the sympathizers now?

  • Manu - 2012-04-02 13:14

    Now I am confused. Earlier newspaper reports said it was Kotze who did the stabbing and mutilating, now its these? The reports accused the three of rape only, now its mutilation as well?

      Zimbobwe - 2012-04-02 13:19

      Manu I say let's wait for Mrs Kotze's side of the story. She is the only one who knows what happened during the ordeal and who did what??? Mrs Kotze has been silent on what happened because she is concentrating on healing which is good for her.

      Gemma-Leigh - 2012-04-02 13:23

      Earlier reports did not specify anyone's involvement in any act except that the three raped her at gunpoint and that Kotze was the mastermind...details have slowly been coming out but this is NOT the first report claiming the three to be responsible for her being mutilated.

      Manu - 2012-04-02 13:26

      Gemma, here is the story from The Witness news site (a few days after the attack). Read the fourth paragraph from the bottom. Most of the other newspapers carried the same story

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-04-02 13:42

      We all should know by now to wait for the full story. We now know why the police wanted them all in court and I suggest we rather speculate on evidence that get mentioned in the trail. It seams that the police is quite sure of their case and the story will properly unfold in the next few appearances. According to this article it seams that we are dealing with 4 "monsters". I am glad the people show their anger with being present at the court(previous report). I would have loved to join you, but, being in Cape Town, it is not possible. Thank you for the ones that makes an effort.(ANCWL, Woman Rights, communities, individuals, etc)

  • Janine - 2012-04-02 13:40

    As a women, I can not begin to imagine the pain that Ina expirienced during that terrible, grusome day. What kind of person can do something so terrible to another person? I hope and pray that those four men, including Johan Kotze, will have a life filled with misery and pain, because they deserve nothing more!

  • Nomakhwezi Ngoma - 2012-04-02 13:45

    i have no respect for these they were communicating with Kotze planning the rape...and yeah they were not forced to do this and expecting to get paid for raping a woman and stabbing, cutting nipples....they are worse than Kotze @least he could not do it himself.

      Michelle - 2012-04-02 15:21

      Cannot call them "men" REAL MEN don't rape

  • karen.inward - 2012-04-02 13:49

    Wonder whether they were paid?

  • E=MC2 - 2012-04-02 14:07

    and there we have it! hang the whole lot!

      E=MC2 - 2012-04-02 14:56

      and there goes that "the white man made me do it" excuse...

  • Katlego - 2012-04-09 00:26

    Castrate or hang the whole lot! Animals!

  • Katlego - 2012-04-09 00:29

    Even better send them to a jail where inmates are serving life sentence so that they could take it up their exteriors and feel how it was like for the poor woman! Animals! I wish them daily raping and coldest stay in their place of hell!

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