Kotzé planned murder, rape - court hears

2013-06-26 22:56

Pretoria - Johan Kotzé planned the torture and gang rape of his wife and the murder of her son down to the last detail, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Cornelia Harmzen put it to one of Ina Bonnette's alleged rapists, Andries Sithole, that Kotzé would not have gone to the trouble of planning the crime and then getting unwilling rapists to help him.

Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Sello Mphaka have claimed they pretended to rape Bonnette because Kotzé threatened them with a firearm.

Harmzen put it to Sithole that there was no DNA evidence, and the rapists wore pantyhose over their heads so the victim would not recognise them.

In addition, her attackers deliberately had no information about each other on their cellphones, so the police could not trace them.

"In the cupboard, the torture instruments used for the mutilation lay ready. Ropes were already tied to the bed and burglar bars. All of this is evidence of planning.

"It would never have happened if the three of you didn't co-operate with Kotzé and did not plan and decide together to rape her.

"For you, it was a win-win situation. You could have sex and get paid for it. You raped her first while she lay there bleeding. You didn't only stand and watch the other two. You held her down while Mphaka was raping her," she said.

Threat claims

Harmzen put it to Sithole that he had lied about Kotzé threatening him and the others with a revolver, as Bonnette said she had not seen a revolver.

She had testified only about a rifle that was pointed at her.

Bonnette's evidence was supported by the fact that the rifle found at the scene had been used to murder her 19-year-old son Conrad, Harmzen said.

Sithole said that if Kotzé had planned anything, he had done so alone.

He said if he had seen a rifle, he and the others would have overpowered Kotzé, but he did want to take a chance while Kotzé had a revolver "because he could not play with his life".

Before taking the stand, Sithole spoke to Mohlane.

Mohlane later told the court Sithole had told him and Mphaka not to testify, but that he had not taken this seriously.

The trial continues.

  • Ted Muusha - 2013-06-26 23:20

    I long for a time when news can be good news; some heading like 'Jacaranda Trees are blooming'. I am always hurting from these stories.

      Auric Goldfinger - 2013-06-27 05:54

      Ted, you are so right. Well said my friend,. I long for the same.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-27 07:37

      The jacaranda trees only start blooming in September/October. Any report to that effect now would be extremely premature.

      James Mabote - 2013-06-27 07:50

      Arno, you're an idiot. Ted was just making an example of what would be good news. He didn't mean that the papers should literally have this headline everyday, throughout the year.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-27 07:59

      James, you are a bigger idiot. I fully understand his point (and actually agree with it), but he used a very bad example, which fully deserved some sarcasm.

      Arno Louw - 2013-06-27 08:16

      Guess again, Shelley! He was not speaking hypothetically. Do you even know what a hypothesis is?

      Colleen Frau - 2013-06-27 08:32

      Hi Ted, I fully agree with you, well said.

      Heinrich J Van Vuuren - 2013-06-27 10:10

      @Shelley. Interesting choice of words."Is it because he is African and you Afrikaans" You are guilty of the very same charge that you accuse Arno of. Not all Afrikaners are as stupid and ignorant as you might think, just as not all white, English speakers are as hypocritical as you are. Why make it a race thing? Maybe you are the closet racist.

  • Jomo Kgomo - 2013-06-26 23:24

    Has a face of a criminal should serve a long time in prison. Why didn't he do it alone? Coward fool.

      Mhaka Khoza - 2013-06-26 23:51

      Do it alone? Shouldn't have done it at all jislaaik!!

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2013-06-27 02:28

      He must go to jail and only come out of jail in a coffin.

      Debbie Carew - 2013-06-27 07:28

      Only a coward would do what he did.

      Christine van Aswegen - 2013-06-27 09:15

      I say bring back the death penalty! or send them East!!!

      Gail Hayes-Bean - 2013-06-27 11:07

      Mhaka, what you say is true but I just hate it when these white males bring African males into it because there is something really cowardly about a man who firstly abuses his wife and something inherrently sick in his psyche that he brings others from a totally different background into it. Next time there is a farm murder with violence against women think about this - where did the African male learn this disgusting behaviour from, this disrespect for women of all races. Culturally when the Europeans came to SA the various groupings of African people DID have a system to deal with errant behaviour which involved some pretty barbaric standards however they were effective and they dealt with both sides of the story. Kotze has destroyed her son and her life because he was too cowardly and full of vengeance. He didn't intend for her to die until she had suffered the way he believed he had suffered. The three men in the dock with him are also due justice but none of this was set up by them. They may have had debt or ambition to incur debt but Kotze provided both the victim and the torture methods. These men are the product of the violent society we live in and he took advantage of that. He deserves no mercy. Strip him naked and parade him before all the most deviant criminals in a maximum security jail and then throw him in a deep dark sheer pit with mesh over it and put hungry rats in with him. If that sounds extreme then consider what he took from the men and his ex?

  • Israel - 2013-06-26 23:47

    This man is one evil S.O.B. hope he spends his miserable life in jail!!

      Debbie Carew - 2013-06-27 07:29

      I definitely agree. Throw away the key.

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  • C-ne Hope - 2013-06-27 01:11

    This bastard deserves to rot in jail

  • Annamarie Snyders - 2013-06-27 01:13

    Doodstraf, maar eers kastreer! Niks minder sal genoeg wees nie.

  • Derek Axcell - 2013-06-27 05:05

    the sad thing is,the woman has lost her son and her son his life. The poor lady will have to live with this memory for te rest of her life. May they rot in hell for their evil deeds.

      Debbie Carew - 2013-06-27 07:32

      I agree.

      Christine van Aswegen - 2013-06-27 09:21

      They should hang by their private parts!!!

  • Therina Meyer - 2013-06-27 05:45

    I don't understand why this trial is going on and on and on. Get the evil excuse for a white skin (you embarrassing)in jail already.

  • Conrad Fra - 2013-06-27 06:07

    Hope he gets life!

  • Pierre van Heerden - 2013-06-27 06:41

    This man should be HUNG!!! I have one question, this man did this crime - WHY? What did the victim do to this man for him to go to such extremes? Hopefully the truth will come out in the trial.

  • Fathima Khan - 2013-06-27 06:46

    @pierre its actually hanged!as in.. clothes are hung, people (when being executed) are hanged.

      Pierre van Heerden - 2013-06-27 07:02

      Hell can i come for English classes??????? You understood what i wrote though!!!

  • Shannon Moffett - 2013-06-27 07:27

    @Rita..... you are pathetic and sad and I feel sorry for you and the small little world you must live in!

      Rita Barnard - 2013-06-27 13:50

      LOL well feel as sorry as you like it certainly does not threaten me .. I know who I am (white and proud of it) and I dont need your pathetic approval of me, get lost.

  • Caine Abel - 2013-06-27 07:32

    Hang them by their balls

  • Nhlakanipho Gambu - 2013-06-27 08:05

    i have one question only...if they were forced to rape her why din't they run to the police and report the crime?

      Aqeelah Khan - 2013-06-27 09:09

      exactly! because that is also a violation of their rights!!

      Nhlakanipho Gambu - 2013-06-27 10:06


      Conrad Fra - 2013-06-27 11:48

      Because they wanted to rape her.

  • Nhlapo Pk Phoka - 2013-06-27 10:39

    Send this moron/clown to jail

  • Rita Barnard - 2013-06-27 13:53

    Kotze was one criminal.. but it shows you all blacks are always ready to commit a crime for pleasure or monetary gain. since the first blacks he asked were willing to rape.

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