Kotze 'just a normal child'

2012-01-22 09:52

Johannesburg – The “Modimolle monster” was a normal child who grew up in a “good home” said people who went to school with Johan Kotzé at the Wennie du Plessis High School in Gobabis, Namibia.

Kotzé’s only surviving family members, his sisters Anita Engelbrecht and Carina van de Venter, were supporting him despite his alleged acts of horror.

Engelbrecht wrote on Facebook that she was Johan Kotzé’s sister and was not ashamed of him. She said she still loved him.

Thinus Maritz from Cape Town said he was 13 when he got to know Kotzé and his family. He said he could see nothing amiss in the home but remembered that Kotzé had been adopted.

Kotzé’s biological parents apparently died when he was very young. A woman from Hentiesbaai then looked after him until he was adopted.

Lots of laughter

His adopted father was a farmer and “like any other dad” while his adopted mother was described as very capable.

They didn’t want for anything.

Another old school friend, Herman Strauss from Boksburg, said he spent five years in boarding school with Kotzé in Gobabis.

He said Kotzé was a normal child, naughty at times, but remembered lots of laughter and playing.

“Where it all went wrong, I don’t know,” said Strauss.  


The Kotzés later moved to Prieska in the Northern Cape.

A family friend said Kotzé was a controversial figure in town and most people had nothing good to say about him.

Kotzé was the sheriff of the court and was accused of murdering a local woman but was acquitted.

Kotzé is facing 17 charges relating to the vicious assault and rape of his estranged wife, Ina Bonnette, 42, and the murder of her son, Conrad.


  • Kim - 2012-01-22 10:02

    He may have been normal as a child, but the wheels certainly fell off when he became an adult.

      RE - 2012-01-22 17:59

      hitler was also just a normal child, and i guess bush 2.

      procold2 - 2012-01-23 08:35

      not only the wheels the hubcaps, wheel bearings the whole bloody lot, also his childhood is not in question its his adulthood that is,dont care what his sister says i think he is a sick SOB.

      Ivan Frantz - 2013-07-17 15:02

      Zooma was also a normal child ! . . . Ha, ha

  • Janice - 2012-01-22 10:32

    NORMAL??? He certainly didnt stay that way!

  • ACEUP - 2012-01-22 10:44

    hang him

  • Dave - 2012-01-22 11:31

    I was devorced in the 90's and had some very bad feelings towards my ex wife, the lying and greed where out of this world. But I did nothing except what the court said I had to and over 10 years later the wheel turned and she was found out big time. Looks like this is now happening to this guy, no matter how bad you feel there are limits to what you can do.

  • Matthew Thomas - 2012-01-22 11:35

    Why do we care about his childhood? I'm saddened that News24 waisted space to publish this. Shame on you! This man committed a heinous act & frankly has no place in our society!

  • aardvarkie - 2012-01-22 11:53

    Maybe he was on drugs, who knows. Either way, he's not normal now, and should be put down. Would be great if he did the world a favour and off'd himself.

  • Ali - 2012-01-22 11:55

    He is one indeed, but why no media frenzy labeling the farm murderers also monsters and going into their childhood too? Surely most are even worse than this?

  • Sithando - 2012-01-22 12:39

    It depends on how one perceives 'GOOD' if you were raised bitterly like he was you wouldn't see the difference.'Kotzé was the sheriff of the court and was accused of murdering a local woman but was acquitted'.This tells you all,doesn't it? and I bet you his wife knew all about his evil life and she protected him.AND guess who became one of his victims.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-22 17:48

      Now your'e blaming his wife. She's the victim you dweeb.

      James - 2012-01-23 09:09

      Somehwere a village is missing an idiot

  • Rinnewien - 2012-01-22 14:14

    It is so sad that reporters are trying to hang a man before he was even in court. Sure he is blamed for very cruel behaviour, but we are not the judge neither God. So, let it be. Justice will tale it's course. How do you call yourself a friend when you skinner about a person in public? And shame onthe press to condemn his relatives for still loving him. Is water not thicker thsn blood?

      Taunyana - 2012-01-22 17:05

      Rene you're right. We should wait to hear his side of story, there should be compelling situation in anyway. I am not suggesting that what he did or suspected off is right, I am saying it will be interesting to hear what was the motive. Women can also be tricky sometimes by making the lie the truth, and they are good in that. What will be the reaction if we find out that the other story. These morone on the blog here just don use their brain, if any

      Gail - 2012-01-22 17:31

      One doesn't stop loving someone because they committed a terrible act. People who expect the family members to do so are totally inhuman themselves. One may be sickened and saddened and other emotions but to stop loving family from putting the record straight and pointing out that he had some redeeming features is unjust. Blood is thicker than water and one hates the sin and not the sinner. this is the same attitude which homophobics display towards people who are different but not harming anyone except perhaps their parents dreams for them.. I could not cut my son off because he is gay as some religions demand that a person should. He went into custody without killing anyone else after a week or so of living rough so perhaps he regrets what he did in a moment of insane rage,

      inwardk - 2012-01-22 21:00

      You are missing the point. The press are not condemning him for loving Kotze, but for not admitting that he committed a heinous deed.

  • Johnny - 2012-01-22 14:15

    And so was Jeffrey Dahmer and Charles Manson.........

      Gail - 2012-01-22 17:33

      Indeed and they paid the price in the end so what is your point?

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-22 17:38

    Forgiveness is the buzz word here. None of us is perfect, and it may take one incident for us to do what we never thought capable of. All of us don't know what went on between the couple yet we are quick to judge. It takes two to tango

      Squeegee - 2012-01-22 17:52

      Nyiko, if you have read the reports you will see that this guy has a history of abusing women. He is a conman, thief and murderer. Are you saying hise ex- wife deserved what happened? Are you a woman hater?

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-22 18:37

    I wonder if mugabe was a normal child? NOT!!

      Grant - 2012-01-22 23:58

      Actually I was told by a special branch officer in Rhodesia, "Mugabe is not the shapest tool in the box but he's not a bad sort".

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-01-22 22:50

    #Squeege. I don't condone what the guy did hey. Neither am I a woman hater. .

  • Dudley - 2012-02-09 16:54

    Most pyschiatrists will tell you it is not the mad people who present the greatest danger to us : the greatest predator is the "normal" person living in our suburbs, our homes and within ourselves who has the potential to become a deadly predator.

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