Manhunt for Limpopo attacker

2012-01-05 10:38

Modimolle - A man is apparently still on the run after he allegedly forced three workers to rape his estranged wife after he tied her up on Tuesday. Earlier reports that he had been arrested turned out to be false.

The 51-year-old man apparently tried to cut off pieces of the woman's breasts before fatally shooting his stepson.

He then left a letter at the scene before fleeing.

“I am tired of life and don’t look for me,” the man apparently said on Tuesday afternoon shortly after allegedly killing his stepson, Conrad Bonnette, 19, a first-year University of Pretoria information technology student.

He had apparently lured his wife to his home in Modimolle under false pretences.


Shortly before 17:00 he phoned Dirk van der Merwe, the owner of the house in which the tragedy took place.

Van der Merwe said on Wednesday that the man thanked him for everything he had already done for him. The two of them were due to go camping.

Van der Merwe became suspicious and sent his wife to the house.

“She phoned me hysterically later and could hardly speak. She said someone had been shot in the house.” She also discovered the woman in the bedroom and untied her. “Her hands were bound with cable ties and there was a large piece of plaster over her mouth,” Van der Merwe said.

Residents of the town were shocked on Wednesday by what had happened. Several people wandered around near the house to try to find out what was going on.

The neighbours said they heard two sharp, loud noises on Tuesday afternoon, but thought someone was doing repairs in the house.

Deon Beukes, owner of the Bosfontein caravan park between Modimolle and Bela-Bela, where Bonnette worked during the holidays, said he was “quiet and well-behaved”. In the 2010 matric exams he obtained seven distinctions.


Bonnette apparently told a female friend last week that he didn’t trust his stepfather.

Beukes said that according to Bonnette, he apparently went to a nearby lodge on New Year’s Eve where his estranged wife and a male friend were eating and dancing. “I don’t trust him because he went to spy on those people.”

Beeld understands she obtained a protection order against him last year.

The suspect phoned his stepson on Tuesday afternoon and asked him to come to his house because he wanted to discuss something with him.

Beukes said on Tuesday afternoon Bonnette asked if he could go home earlier, at about 15:00.

The man apparently forced his stepson into the house and then allegedly shot and killed him with a .22 rifle in one of the bedrooms.

This took place while his estranged wife lay bound in the next room. He had earlier asked her to come to the house to talk about something.

Burnt documents

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said that earlier in the day the man had hired three men in the town to work in his garden. He apparently forced them to take turns raping her. The men wore balaclava caps during the incident.

Detectives on Wednesday discovered a cardboard box full of burnt documents behind the house, as well as the man's letter. Mulaudzi said he cut off parts of his wife's breasts.

A local doctor treated the woman’s injuries on Tuesday evening. She was then moved to a place of safety.

The suspect, who apparently owns two farms near Bloemfontein, fled in a white Toyota Fortuner (DCS 392 FS). The three workers fled on foot.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the man or the three men should phone Colonel Mabisela Mohale at 082 5658606.

- On Wednesday afternoon News24 quoted a Beeld report stating that the man had been arrested in Kimberley. This was incorrect, and News24 apologises for the error.

  • Ndivhuho - 2012-01-05 10:46

    I thought news24 reported that he was caught in Kimberly yesterday. confused

      Louis - 2012-01-05 11:18

      Goes to show you cannot trust News24. Like a wiseman once said. The is no news in the Truth, and no Truth in the News.

      methedex - 2012-01-05 12:02

      This man needs to be hung slowly, make sure he suffers a lot.

      Derek - 2012-01-05 14:10

      Confused read report was quoted from the Beeld!

      Merven - 2012-01-05 14:40

      hired three men in the town to work in his garden. He apparently forced them to take turns raping her. The men wore balaclava caps during the incident. If they were forced, why did they wear balaclavas?

  • Dean Kenad - 2012-01-05 10:52

    Thought he was CAUGHT IN KIMBERLY yesterday. What to believe now?

  • jjlambrechts - 2012-01-05 10:59

    So I guess he escaped after been captured in Kby yesterday?!

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2012-01-05 11:06


      Ettienne - 2012-01-05 11:33

      A dog has far more common sense than this idiot! Not fair to degrade a dog like this.

  • Ramudzuli Muthuphei - 2012-01-05 11:07


  • David - 2012-01-05 11:14

    One sick friggin puppy. SPCA needs to put this one down.

      Robin - 2012-01-05 12:11

      I'm sure he will put himself down !!!

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-01-05 11:20

    Brilliant investigative journalism News24…

      Anton - 2012-01-05 12:29

      It was copied from Beeld.

      sanet.oelofse - 2012-01-05 12:46

      Oh that makes it way better, I remember when my father was shot and killed last year they got his age incorrect, bless them… they made him 10years younger! And there you have it, don’t believe everything you read in the paper.

      Merven - 2012-01-05 14:26

      @Anton, the same company.

      nelhendriks - 2012-01-05 15:48

      Dankie News 24 vir die regstelling. Ten minste erken jullle dat daar n fout ingesluip het

  • litthauers - 2012-01-05 11:21

    What a sicko. Good grief.

  • Janice - 2012-01-05 11:26

    OK< now yesterday he was arrested in Kimberley, now we must look for him?????????????????

  • Bongani - 2012-01-05 11:28

    The saddest part of this story is that a brilliant young man with 7 distinctions is dead because of this maniac. Imagine what a positive contribution he could have made to this country. Sick sick sick!

      godesha - 2012-01-05 11:55

      @flowingriver. You're an idiot. Why don't you just go sit outside and let the sun shine on you?

  • Debi - 2012-01-05 11:28

    I feel physically ill reading this story. What evil there is in this world......

      StarStruck - 2012-01-05 11:52

      Correction - Within the borders of this country.

      Liz - 2012-01-05 12:28

      @StarStruck - These kinds of sicko's are all over the world, they are certainly not confined to the borders of our country. It is absolutely shocking that people can actually physically commit such horrific, violent acts.

  • Shirley - 2012-01-05 11:29

    Sad,sad,sad! The fragileness of the human phsche.Rehabilitation not possible. Life in jail-solitary confinement. He wont make a year.

  • drishworth - 2012-01-05 11:30

    This is an incredibly sad, sick story - the extent of the violence and cruelty defies all reason. It is hard to imagine how a mind can get so twisted but equally hard to imagine how three workers, who had no emotional motive, could have been coerced into participating in such a bizarre, evil act. All be it the report syas they were forced, how do 3 people not stand up to 1? I wasn't there so can't judge but they must've had opportunity to get out of the situation. What a tragic end to such a young life. R.I.P. Conrad Bonette.

  • Thoka - 2012-01-05 11:31

    WTF. are they going to blame this on witchcraft sh*t. this calls for community (mob) justice. capture and give him to Modimulle community.

  • Heiku - 2012-01-05 11:33

    Police (or anybody else) should just shoot this guy on site. I'm sure there won't be too many questions...

  • The-third - 2012-01-05 11:34

    piece of sh*t. He should be stoned to death and put on display in town square for all to see.

  • Betweenuandme - 2012-01-05 11:34

    The raped woman's son's name has now been released but the name of the suspect has not been released (in this article anyway) - isn't that odd? Does anyone know why?

      godesha - 2012-01-05 11:57

      I think they only release the name of the "suspect" once he is caught and charged, but when a person dies they will release the name as soon as the next of kin has been notified. Correct me if I am wrong.

      Betweenuandme - 2012-01-05 12:13

      Yesterday they said it's to protect the identity of the rape victim but surely releasing her son's name doesn't protect her identity anymore. And Beeld went ahead and released the suspect's name and photo yesterday. And said he'd been caught when he hadn't been. Lots of confusion going on!

      Jan - 2012-01-05 13:32

      The name is Bonnette

  • Alva - 2012-01-05 11:34

    Mindblowingly tragic!

  • Elle-Black - 2012-01-05 11:48

    Funny how the white biggots on this page immediately assumed that he was black when the story first broke out. I wonder what they have to say now? Oh yes ofcourse his actions will be blamed on the ANC

      Riaan - 2012-01-05 11:54

      Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn every now and again.

      drishworth - 2012-01-05 12:03

      @Elle-Black, how did you with such a pea brain come to the conclusion that the comments posted assumed the perpetrator was black? What are you seeing in the writing that we aren't? Your biggotry.....................

      Riëtte - 2012-01-05 12:08

      @ Elle-black: I'm glad the only lesson you could learn from this article is how to spit racist BS like this! It's a tragic event no matter who it gets done to. And what does the ANC have to do with this? They are a weak government with no morals and a very bad example to the youth, and the world out there.

      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-01-05 12:09

      Correct, very correct. I said this yesterday and they attacked me.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-05 12:50

      @ Drishworth and Riette If you read some of the comments made yesterday then you would know whre i got that from. Some Afrikaner fool said a ehole lot of crap surrounding the race of the perp as if he knew that the perp was black 9probably took in too much brandy and coke) and yes you people find a way to blame the ANC for the craziest things , I know they are responsible for alot of wrong in this country but it is absolutely beyond me how white people tend to blame the ANC for things that have absolutely nothing to do with politics

      godesha - 2012-01-05 13:09

      @Elle-Black. How do you first of all know that it was an "Afrikaner fool" who made the comment? Are you not being the biggest bigot of them all? I scanned the comments here and no one has mentioned the ANC, but now that YOU mention the them...

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-05 13:23

      @ Godesha do us a favour,dont be an idiot all your life if you read my initial comment properly then you will notice that I said the assumption regarding his race was made when the stoey FIRST BROKE OUT,so what does that tell you? those comments will not be on this thread.Regarding how I know that the fool was afrikaner? well lets just say we all know that they have the biggest race related issues in SA

      Jan - 2012-01-05 13:33

      Exactly. What are they saying now. They blame blacks all the time..

      godesha - 2012-01-05 13:43

      elle-black. This is your initial comment: "Funny how the white biggots on this page immediately assumed that he was black when the story first broke out. I wonder what they have to say now? Oh yes ofcourse his actions will be blamed on the ANC" How would you have liked me to interpred your comment? If I look at your thumbs-down then I don't think I am being the idiot here. As for comments made yesterday, they are yesterday's, but maybe you are just a bit slow on the uptake. As for racial issues, I don't think the Afrikaners are the only ones with racial issues in this country.

      Elle-Black - 2012-01-05 13:49

      @ Godesha LOL,you really do try to sound like you know what you are saying but unfortunately it sounds like crap,"As for comments made yesterday, they are yesterday's, but maybe you are just a bit slow on the uptake", so now you agree that the comments were made but I should not mention them because they are just so yesterdy? Hence i said in my comment I wonder what those biggots have to say right now. In terms of how you interpret my comment,well it sound to me that you are the one who's slow on the uptake. THE EMPHASIS IS ON 'WHE THE STORY FIRST BROKE OUT' try and follow.

      godesha - 2012-01-05 14:32

      Oh, Elle, why don't you go ask for your schoolfees back? Clearly you were not taught proper grammar or spelling. So tell me, where did the story "broke out" of? Now you try and follow this: Normally you would say "when the story broke", a story cannot break out. "Yesterdy" is should be spelt "yesterday", when you write "I", it should always be in a capital letter. I did not agree or disagree that the comments were made so please do not misinterpret my comment to you. Why did you not go back to yesterday's comments and made your statement there? Whatever comments were made yesterday is not my concern today, but I suppose some of us like living in the past. Anyway, thanks for an afternoon of entertainment, it kept me amused for a while. All the nastiness aside, it is a tragedy that happened and what happened to this woman and her son, should not happen to anyone regardless of their race. No person deserves this. I hope they get him and that he gets the punishment he deserves.

      Merven - 2012-01-05 14:33

      @Elle-Black, all crimes are the fault of the ANC because they fail to implement the law, they appoint corrupt, and untrained police men and women and idiot AA judges. No one have any respect any more for the law or courts. Why do you think people come to SA to kill partners etc?

  • Thopa - 2012-01-05 11:48

    Maybe News24 should change it's name to Daily sun part two or News23 as there's a brain cell missing in one of their employees brain's.

  • robbieyahu - 2012-01-05 11:51

    WOW !! this is sad !! i already commented lastnight on this story saying that there are sick ...very sick people in our society ...BUT after reading all these comments i feel sick in the gut ... everybody shouting for more blood and killing !!!! this is an awful state of afairs ...we cant fix one wrong or evil by doing yet another evil .... yes arrest this sick bastard and remove him from society ..maybe something pushed him over the edge of sanity ...we dont know but for us to shout for others to kill him ??? are we not being exactly like him then ? YES WE ARE !!!! we could just as well be like him killing the stepson ...sisss !! please start thinking. !!!! peace oh and by the way i also abhore the rape and killing stays EVIL !!

      Riaan - 2012-01-05 11:55

      Another bleeding heart liberal. The punishment should fit the crime. I think the ancient Egyptians had it right when the executed murderers in the same manner as he murdered his victims.

      Riëtte - 2012-01-05 12:15

      Nothing but jealousy motivated his actions, that is why he ordered the most degrading thing that can be done to a woman to be done to her, namely a gang-rape! And then he took the one thing in life from her that she can never get back, the son she loved from before he was born. He deserves to die and to go straight to hell, where there is a very special corner for people like him!

  • velilejonathan.williams - 2012-01-05 11:53


      Marilet - 2012-01-05 12:03

      His Identity was revealed. Johan Kotze

  • Hartmut - 2012-01-05 11:57

    Where is Modimole?

      Marilet - 2012-01-05 12:02

      Nylstroom Limpopo

  • Gerda - 2012-01-05 11:59

    Start looking for his remains.... cowards tend to commit suicide. Other possibility is going through the border to escape.

  • Anton - 2012-01-05 12:00

    He's probably commited suicide somewhere... that's how these things end

  • Monique - 2012-01-05 12:01

    'I am tired of life and don't look for me...' Uh, DUH-you killed your stepson and raped a woman...sure, Mr Policeman, don't come and look for me because you might find me and lock my ass up! real clever comment that one.

  • Marilet - 2012-01-05 12:01

    Please get your facts straight...Has he been arrested or not? On this report you said he is: And now the Police is still searching? WTH...Thats why I dont read newspapers...

  • janine.cronje - 2012-01-05 12:17

    "The man" is 51-year-old Johan Kotzé

      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-01-05 12:22

      And he is a whiteman with strong farm Afrikaans accent!!!!! Call police when u see him never attempt citizen s arrest, he is armed and dangerous

      Hendrik - 2012-01-05 13:54

      Considering all the other "mixed up wrong stories" around this incident, then again maybe that is not his name? who knows. Between News24 and Beeld they really cocked this one up just to see if we are all awake so early in the new year. The two line apology at the end of above article does not do much after the confusion they have created.

  • ben.bezuidenhout3 - 2012-01-05 12:20

    Now did this guy escape from custody in Kimberly or do we have Incompetent people writing the news. Yesterday he was caught, today the SAPS are looking for him! Catch a wake-up news24! Or are your reporters and editors all grade 5 students!

  • Jason - 2012-01-05 12:22

    Shoot him dead! TWICE!

  • doris.heasman - 2012-01-05 12:26

    he should die slowly what a animal this man is

  • optmistic123 - 2012-01-05 12:37

    Would love to show him what a 'skaam rekkie' is..

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-01-05 12:39

    I hve tears in my eyes. My comment would not be fit to publish, but yes, it was reported that he had been arrested. Hope he does not fake daibetes or someting and spends his jail time in a hospital bed, or on Durban's golf courses.

  • Hadassah57 - 2012-01-05 12:48

    What a sick man this is... evil personified!!!

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-01-05 13:12

    The three men who took turns in the " sexual assault" at gun point , are they now classified as perpetrators or are they also victims ?

  • Tanya - 2012-01-05 13:33

    Absolutely shocking story!!! what leads a man to do something like this!!he should be castrated with no anesthetic.

  • willbeonekenobi - 2012-01-05 13:39

    This f&*$§ng idiot should be locked inside a nuclear reactor without any protection and the rods should be leaking. He is not fit, by my tastes and judgement, to be breathing OUR OXYGEN

  • Siso - 2012-01-05 13:58

    The bastard is sick, very sick. My heartfelt condolences to the mother for her son and about the tragedy she suffered in the hands of this evil man, no women derseve to be raped never. If this Johan Kotze was tired of living as stated on his letter why didn't he take his life and spare this young boy's life instead.

      Danie - 2012-01-05 17:33

      Some people say he should be hanged - I think he is already hanged (by himself). He has got 2 farms. Somebody should fly in and look for his car. Surprice, suprice.

  • Romy - 2012-01-05 22:22

    Piece of trash...If he doesn't shoot himself, I hope someone helps him do it. And if they catch him, I hope they put him with the most vicious criminals so he can get some of his own medicine. They just love rapists and child killers! So sad about the son...he probably had a very bright future. RIP

  • Judy - 2012-01-05 22:27

    I don't wish death on anyone but in this case the SOB should do everyone a favour and commit suicide and hopefully it will only be found when it is infested with maggots. What a cruel bastard he is. I wonder if he ever had any of his own kids, if not, the reason is simple - God doesn't give kids to those that don't deserve them. That is stepson still trusted him and went to see him only to be lured to his death. This is is so sick and irrespective of his race he is a disgrace to human society.

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  • annettevanrensburg - 2012-01-06 09:28

    so why are they keeping his name a secret?

      Eugene - 2012-01-07 00:06

      I know this guy - he is evil. He preyed on vulnerable women - divorcees or widows. He then embezzled their money. He is very fat - you can't miss him - Johan Kotzé

  • Nico - 2012-01-09 20:44

    It would be nice if there was a photo posted of the guy somewhere to help identify him... Just a thought!

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