Modimolle victim 'not broken'

2012-02-08 08:51

Mbombela - The Modimolle woman who was allegedly brutally assaulted by her estranged husband Johan Kotzé, 50, plans to attend his court case on Friday in order to show him that he has not broken her, one of her friends says.

Ina Bonnette, 42, from Modimolle, is still in a lot of pain but has already started picking up the pieces after her torture, rape and the murder of her son.

She is even planning to give a motivational talk about what happened to her and how she is coping with it.

Back at work

She returned to work as an insurance broker two weeks ago, and will also be at Kotzé's court appearance on Friday.

“She wants to show him that he has not broken her,” said her close friend, Elize Coetzer, on Tuesday.

Bonnette will be supported by friends, who will all wear pink.

On January 3, Kotzé allegedly hired three men to rape her before he brutally assaulted her with several objects and allegedly shot her son, Conrad, 19. The couple were estranged and getting a divorce.

Coetzer said Bonnette is still in a lot of pain and has nightmares, but is receiving psychological counselling.

“Some days she even has a smile on her face, even if you can see the pain in her eyes,” said Coetzer.

Music day

Meanwhile, the Modimolle community plans to hold a music day on Saturday March 3 to raise funds for her medical bills. Bonnette still has to undergo several reconstructive operations costing about R70 000.

Coetzer said the music event will be held at the SunRock Lodge outside the town. Several local artists will perform and there will be food and clothing stalls.

Bonnette will give a motivational talk at the event.

Kotzé will appear in the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court with three co-accused on Friday.

The four face 17 charges, including murder, attempted murder, rape and conspiracy to commit rape.

  • Newsmonger - 2012-02-08 08:58

    Good on you. Lets hope this bastard gets the maximum.This is an instance where I would like to see shyria law take its course get him with some tongs and an angle grinder.

  • lisa.evansdominick - 2012-02-08 09:07

    this is a real women of substance. She deserves only peace love and happiness from now on.... May he rot in hell forever. Life imprisonment is far too good for him.

  • Silvana - 2012-02-08 09:21

    Ina, you are an inspiration. Show that human waste what you're made of. I will be with you in spirit.

  • richard.galpin - 2012-02-08 09:37

    I am so captivated by the inner strength of this remarkable lady. Ina you are a charismatic example to the people of this country and we owe a debt of gratitude to all you stand for.

      Gilbert - 2012-02-08 12:45

      Richard. I read a saying that goes " you will never know how strong you are till being strong is the only choice you have" This woman has unbelievable strength and courage to carry on. There would be a lot of people who would through in the towel if this had to happen to them.

  • cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-08 09:44

    You go girl! You are in inspiration to many.

  • Ken - 2012-02-08 09:45

    You are an incredibly brave lady. I understand your pain. I lost my eighteen year old Son. You are in my prayers.

  • Terence - 2012-02-08 09:53

    Bonette We all know how strong you are- you survived this brutal and savage attack. Don't lower yourself to this animalistic standard by attending court- but if it helps you to step over this ordeal, you go there and stare in the eyes of the psycho. Good on you!

  • Marion - 2012-02-08 09:59

    Ina, you are a very strong lady. I would not cope this well with such tragic events. You and Alison, another very strong lady, should get together and join forces for motivational talks. May this man get CONSECUTIVE sentences for all charges and NOT concurrent as is the unacceptable trend in SA.

  • john.ncala - 2012-02-08 10:12

    you go mama ,hoping more women can learn from you to stand up and not be scared all of Mzani is supporting you

  • Leanne - 2012-02-08 10:15

    So proud of the strength and courage you have shown during this horrific time, Ina. May you continue to feel empowered and surrounded by amazing people to help you through this time...

  • Santapola - 2012-02-08 10:52

    Dont get excited neah..this is south africa and u might be suprised when u find him in ur house tommorow

  • Garth - 2012-02-08 10:57

    Strength! Hope that he has already been gang-raped by his fellow sickos.

  • Anna-Mag - 2012-02-08 13:11

    i salute you!!!!

  • Dianne - 2012-02-09 15:36

    Ina, you are one helluva brave lady. There are so many South Africans who will be rooting for you and hoping that SOB gets the maximum sentence. Keep the faith and be strong! I'm hope he will meet his future "husbands" in jail.......and he will be given a "lot of ummmmm loving"!

  • Theresa - 2012-02-10 10:23

    Ina - Jy is ongelooflik sterk, ek is met jou in gees!

  • Cristina - 2012-02-12 08:59

    My heart goes out to her!!! may she have the strength to cope with this dreadful event...Lets hope the bastards get LIFE!!!!

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