Kotzé appears in court, case postponed

2012-01-13 10:06

Modimolle - Johan Kotzé and his 42-year-old co-accused made a brief appearance in the Modimolle Magistrate's Court on Friday, and will remain in custody until their next appearance in February.

The two face 17 charges which include murder, conspiracy to rape, rape, sexual assault, kidnapping and common assault.

Kotzé appeared in connection with an attack on his estranged wife, and the fatal shooting of her teenage son.

They would appear in court again on February 10.

The court ordered that the identity of Kotzé's co-accused not be released as an identity parade still had to take place.

Kotzé, wearing a khaki shirt, held his head up as photographers took pictures of him, but his co-accused hid his face under a blue overall jacket.

Earlier, he was whisked into the court complex in a white car.

"Why are you hiding him? We want to see him," shouted a man as news of his arrival spread.

Tension mounted when police stopped people from entering the court building because the courtroom in which Kotzé's case would be heard was already full.

Protest outside

ANC Women's League members sang liberation songs outside the court before the appearance.

"Senzeni na? Senzeni na? (What have we done?)," they sang. They also waved posters calling for Kotzé to be denied bail.

"Geen borg, geen genade vir die monster (no bail, no mercy for the monster)," read a poster.

They were angered at what Kotzé had allegedly done, said ANCWL Waterberg treasurer Joy Matshoge.

"We are very angry. We call on the court not to grant him bail," she said.

"Violence has no colour or race - we are here to support the woman."

She said the ANCWL was also angry that Kotzé had taken advantage of poor, unemployed men, promising them jobs and later allegedly forcing them to attack his wife.

"He is a devil," she said.

Matshoge said the law should be fair towards the men and take into consideration that they had not intended committing the crime.

A manhunt was launched for Kotzé when he fled in a white Toyota Fortuner after allegedly forcing three men at gunpoint to gang-rape his estranged wife and murdering his stepson at his home on January 4.

Kotzé was arrested in the town on Wednesday.

A search was also conducted for the three men. The 42-year-old co-accused was arrested on Wednesday in Makapanstad near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria.

The other men were still at large.

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  • Shannon - 2012-01-13 10:17

    This man is a waste of air. To think that we as tax paying South Africans and human beings are sharing the same oxygen with him and his co-accused sickens me. What a terrible human being. I agree with Sargon... Why waste our money keeping these pathetic human beings alive. They can't even be called men, because a man would never do such a cowardly and disgusting thing. May he rot in hell and may they bother suffer until the end of time! Johan Kotze - you are a terrible man and I would be ashamed to be any part of your family or circle of friends who support you in your trial... May you suffer!

  • John - 2012-01-13 10:18

    Doesn't take long for a bunch of politicians to put in an appearance to try gain some brownie points. Should have set the next court appearance for 10 Feb 2100

      dumisiledee - 2012-01-13 12:54

      what are you talking about? they are women who are fighting against women abuse you retard.

  • rbphiri - 2012-01-13 10:20

    Perhaps the case has been postponed in order for him to go through and understand the Shaiktisis menuscript adequately for his legal defence.

  • Lisa Jehaan Adams - 2012-01-13 11:03

    "Matshoge said the law should be fair towards the men and take into consideration that they had not intended committing the crime." Without sounding like a fool or getting attacked for what I'm about to ask, I'm gonna ask it anyway: How in this scenario, fearing for you r life at gun-point do you still manage to get an erection? I mean even consciously knowing you are about to maliciously attack and harm a helpless woman, do you still manage to function sexually? If I were a man in that position, I would have failed to follow out Kotze's orders.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-13 11:14

      It's sickening, they were three man at one point they shouldve over powered him. And kotze is impotent that's why he asked his workers to do the job.

      Lisa Jehaan Adams - 2012-01-13 11:35

      I just think this whole story is ridiculous, sickening and a clear indication that vicious and malicious crimes are not based on race. There is the common misconception that these crimes are never commited by the white man, well look now the white man and the black man have joined forces, lets call this the WONDERFUL RAINBOW NATION.

      Thabile - 2012-01-13 11:53

      Lisa, I totally agree with you! How the hek does a man get an erection knowing that he's about to inflict pain on another person??? I just can't understand that...seriously! Both those 3 men are just as bad as Kotze and the fact that 2 are still at large means that there may have been an intention to rape her anyway-if they were really fearing for their lives, they should have handed themselves to the police *Kotze was the master-mind* Personally, I think they would have raped her even if they were not forced at gun-point.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-13 11:10

    I'm delighted at the condemnation from the ANCWL whose spokeswoman Joy Matshoge says " Violence has no colour or race-we are here to support the woman". Well said, lets all unite, irrespective of colour, against horrendous crimes such as this. As for Kotze, I hope this piece of human excrement is repeatedly hurt and humiliated every waking hour of his life.

  • ntomzodwa.tshabalala - 2012-01-13 11:17

    The bible says thou shall not kill but other people deserve it like Kotze, the bastard!!!

  • Gerda - 2012-01-13 11:35

    I wonder how it feels to be on the other side. Wasn't he a sheriff? What I previously read about him I came to the conclusion that he did not have much simpathy for the unfortunates that lost their possessions due to bad debt. Die wiel draai altyd.

  • Hemlock - 2012-01-13 12:12

    Slap him in jail and hopefully he will become the "Queen Prison Bitch" and get it where it hurts badly..and gets it repeatedly by all the big boys!!!! He is nothing more than an oxygen thief and a perverted, murdering bastard who does not deserve the privilege of life. Remember that what you give out you will receive back 10 fold!!!!

  • trix.duvenage - 2012-01-13 12:47

    Yes he is a murderer and yes, he deserves the maximum penalty any court can lay upon him. But NO I do not agree with the ACNWL that colour has nothing to do with it. No other race in this country EVER enjoys all the attention...hatred....animosity etc. around the courtroom like the white person in such a dilemma. I said it yesterday and I said it the day before, this guy is a mad pig and he deserves the worst. But to claim that everybody in the same situation get the same public 'treatment' irrespective of colour is bull dust. EXAMPLE: What happened to the six grown up men that raped the six months old baby a few years back? Was that not a crime even worse that this?

      dumisiledee - 2012-01-13 14:40

      @Trix the day we stop putting colour before a crime that will be a day we'll fight criminals together and stop with the racial crimes nxh!! You're not making this situation any better. You sitting there busy counting how many crimes black commits compared to whites is really stupid. Crimes are flippen crimes

  • Jason - 2012-01-13 12:52

    Why is the case postponed, get ot over and done with for f*ck sakes, why waste so much time, and tax payers money, f*ck this makes me so mad!!

  • inwardk - 2012-01-13 13:49

    I love the fact that the ANCWL was there to support the woman. Maybe we are moving towards a non-racial society after all. I don't remember them ever showing up to support a white woman before.

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