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'Monster' blames wife, court hears

2012-11-27 15:32

Pretoria - Alleged "Modimolle Monster" Johan Kotzé blamed his wife for his deeds, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

His friend Dirk van der Merwe testified that Kotzé phoned him on 3 January this year after allegedly torturing his wife, orchestrating her rape, and killing her son.

He was crying and said he no longer wanted to live. He said Van der Merwe would never see him again and should not search for him.

Kotzé phoned him again the night after the crime.

When Van der Merwe asked him "what the hell he had done", Kotzé said it was all [his wife] Ina's fault.

Kotze said he had tried twice to commit suicide, but could not get it right.

Van der Merwe urged Kotzé to hand himself over to the police and even offered to go with him, but Kotzé said he first had a few tasks to perform and would then go to the police.

About a week later, a tired and worn-looking Kotzé arrived at his workplace and "just stood there".

"I just said 'oh Johan, oh Johan' and told him to sit down.

"He said he wanted to talk to me but I said there was no time. I phoned the police and he was arrested," Van der Merwe said.

Kotzé, Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka are accused of murdering Kotze's stepson Conrad Bonette and kidnapping, repeatedly raping, assaulting and attempting to murder Kotze's former wife Ina Bonette.

Van der Merwe testified that he and Kotzé had coffee at Kotzé's house the morning of 3 January.

Kotzé told him he was tired, and he had watched Ina and did not like what he saw.

He said he had business in Hammanskraal that day and also had to go and fetch his daughter in Pretoria.

Alone time

Shortly after 11:00, Kotze phoned and said he and Ina had an appointment for later that afternoon and were going to talk things through.

He repeatedly warned Van der Merwe not to come to his house, because he said he needed "alone time" with Ina.

Kotzé phoned him again a while later to make arrangements for the removal of palm trees in front of his house and told Van der Merwe he had stopped three men in the street to help him.

Two of the men went with Van der Merwe to re-plant the palms, but Kotzé insisted that one called Andries should stay with him and repeatedly told Van der Merwe to bring the other two back to his house.

They did not talk when Van der Merwe dropped the two off at Kotzé's house, but Kotzé phoned him at about13:45 and again told him not to come to the house.

He did not sound different, but was crying when he phoned Van der Merwe again a few hours later and told him he no longer wanted to live.

Van der Merwe told the court about an incident over the preceding Christmas period when Kotze took another woman called Lizette on a holiday trip with him.

The woman's relationship with Kotzé soured after he hit her with an oar while they were river rafting.

The woman told Kotzé it was the last time he would hit her and thereafter distanced herself from him.

Kotzé's 18-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, Jo-Marie Kotzé, testified that she had spent the Christmas period with her father and had an arrangement to visit him again on 3 January this year.

He phoned her a few times to make sure she was okay and then phoned her again at about 16:00.

He told her he had caught Aunt Ina with another man. He loved her very much, was very disappointed and could not believe she (Ina) could do something like that to him.

She remembered telling her father to leave Ina so that they could get on with their lives.

He sounded quite normal and arranged with her to wait for him at his friend's house.

She was not worried about her father and never suspected anything was wrong at that stage.

She only spoke to him again on the day of his arrest, when he told her to enjoy her matric year and to come and fetch her furniture and motorbike at his house.

She said Kotzé had always tried to protect her and never really showed her what he was really feeling, although he told her things were not going well with Ina.

He always appeared to be happy and was always smiling when he saw her.

Kotzé's daughter started crying while giving evidence, and sobbed when she hugged her father after testifying against him.

The court orderly at first refused to allow her to go near her father, but later allowed her to talk to him for a few minutes.

The two stood talking quietly and Kotzé consoled his daughter as she stood sobbing in his arms.

The trial continues.

Comments
  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-11-27 15:45

    ABSOLUTE FREAK!!! Lock him up and throw away the key!

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-11-27 20:18

      Savage!!

      ivan.faught - 2012-11-28 08:46

      It's a pity that people or editors cannot be unbiased. Yes Kotze and so many other criminals's actions seems and ARE unspeakable. Everybody now jumps on the tragedy wagon and feels so sorry for the victim. Forgetting that her actions also led up to the actions/ re-actions of Kotze. No reasonable man just do unreasonable things just for fun. In every crime, especially where love or money are involved, there are indirect or other subtly hidden causes/ actions that led up to this point. Yes his actions in the end were unspeakable and unforgiving BUT everyone involved and on this earth has a certain breaking point. If pushed ANYTHING can happen. All I'm saying for those of you that cannot handle objectivity. For everything that happened. SHE is NOT so innocent. What goes around comes around.

      jessicajinx90 - 2012-11-29 02:25

      @Ivan There is absolutely nothing that Bonette could have done that would justify the horror that this sick 'man' put her through. It doesn't matter what she did or did not do. No person deserves what happened to her.

      Bianca Venter - 2013-04-15 14:46

      @Ivan you are a freak!! NOTHING!!!!! ESPECIALLY A BLOODY AFFAIR can justify being repeatedly raped and tortured and having your innocent son murdered to boot.

  • janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-27 15:48

    Nothing she may or may not have done warrents what he did to her!!!

      phillip.hoffman.7146 - 2012-11-27 16:33

      Ivan, If you think that Ina did something wrong to deserve this torture, then I can only conclude that you are capable of doing the same thing. Please explain how you can imagine any behaviour that could justify Kotze's actions?

      charnelle.bester - 2012-11-27 16:39

      Ivan, you are a sick man. You are saying that this woman deserved to be raped, her breast mutilated and her son murdered. Your a very sick man.

      godesha - 2012-11-27 18:38

      Sjoe Ivan. What went wrong your live? No person, man or woman, deserves to be tortured, abused, raped or murdered by another, no matter what they did.

  • jabumokoena.c.7 - 2012-11-27 15:48

    Go straight to jail, do Not pass begin, do not collect R200.

  • phillip.hoffman.7146 - 2012-11-27 15:48

    There is no possible excuse for what this man has done to his now ex wife. Even if his wife cheated on him, there is no reason to torture her so barbarically that even the doctor that treated her was traumatised.

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-11-27 15:51

    Nee wat ou Pellie, jy gaan sit! Vir baie lank ook!

  • obadia.segwape - 2012-11-27 15:52

    how was she cheating JOU MUR MAN

  • kedebeer - 2012-11-27 15:55

    Siek hond nou moet iemand anders die blaam vat. Vat verandwoordelikheid vir jou eie dade. Bright spark. Niks regverdig wat jy gedoen het nie. Tronk toe met jou.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-11-27 16:03

    What a disgusting sub-human! Bloody filthy coward who does not deserve the privilege of life. He should be hanged for what he has done. What a hateful piece of cr*p! Evil personified!!!!

  • miki.brits - 2012-11-27 16:05

    BURN BABY BURN!!!!!!!!

  • talana.malherbe - 2012-11-27 16:05

    Sick bastard! I hope the inmates have a wonderful time with him in jail! Times like these I wish the death penalty was back!

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-11-27 16:06

    Ina and her son did not deserve this. It was not Ina's fault. Sad for his daughter, but for her best interest, best he is removed from society.

  • teresa.villarini - 2012-11-27 16:07

    There are no words that fit this scum of the earth! It makes my stomach turn to think what that woman went through! I want to vomit at hearing his name sick bastard hope he sits for life !

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-11-27 16:10

    There is always one TROLL TURD around giving thumbs down....!!!!!

  • Sibusiso - 2012-11-27 16:11

    Kotze ,u seem to like women a lot.Much like our pre.....t

  • njongo.mabandla - 2012-11-27 16:28

    For every action there is a reaction. The reaction is never good because in most cases when you react you not in a normal state of mind. Not that this is justified.

  • unwelcome.za - 2012-11-27 16:38

    I feel for his daughter. It's her father and she loves him, and rightly so.

  • allan.ryan - 2012-11-27 16:39

    Im trying to comprehend what goes through this thing's mind when cutting her nipples off with side cutters. It is beyond comprehension. Totaly and utterly disturbed. This thing needs to be put in a dark hole away from all human contact for the rest of its miserable life. Rot in hell you sick bastard.You do not deserve to be refered to as a Human.

      joubert.joep - 2012-11-28 02:38

      NO give the inmates side-cutters.

  • matshane.seleko - 2012-11-27 16:48

    Good and evil are constantly playing themselves out in our beautiful,sunny South Africa,well,just like in any country,I hear you say(or think).No objection to that but,problem is,seemingly the scale is tipping in favour of evil,rather than good,and probably no one wants to do anything about it,or perhaps it's just a handfull that are trying to do something about it.

  • brigette.swanepoel - 2012-11-27 16:50

    This "IT" cause you cant call him a human being must be treated the same way as he treated this woman.

  • brigette.swanepoel - 2012-11-27 16:51

    Die man het 'n gesig van 'n bisycle as jy hom sien wil jy hom net trap. Walglik.

  • mikaelapace - 2012-11-27 17:01

    This is the worst story I've heard in a long time. This poor woman. I don;t think I could live through what she has had to endure. I urge everyone to have a look at the Victim Support Network on facebook at www.facebook.com/victimsupportnetwork. Its a forum for ALL South Africans - victims of crime or not - to benefit from personal experiences, advice, inspiration, and specifically crime related current events.

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-11-27 18:00

    Enough of this waste of the tax payers money - hang him....

  • bless.boswell - 2012-11-27 21:31

    Hang the sick bastard! Murdering her son, mutilating her body and masterminding her multiple rape proves that he is beyond rehabilitation. All people like this should die. They are nothing but a drain on the state's resources.

  • bikefinalert - 2012-11-28 06:35

    He is a psychopath and a blatant liar. He is sick and as far as I am concerned they should put him in front of a firing squad

  • annemie.coertzen - 2012-11-28 07:45

    I feel so sorry for his daughter! I can just imagine how torn she must feel. I don't think that any human being ever expects a loved one to commit such an awful crime! Imagine the guilt that she's experiencing wanting to support her father but also knowing that what he did to Ina and her son is unforgivable! Not something that a 18 year old should deal with....not something any child should have to deal with!!

  • ivan.faught - 2012-11-28 08:19

    It's a pity that people or editors cannot be unbiased. Yes Kotze and so many other criminals's actions seems and are unspeakable. Everybody now jumps on the tragedy wagon and feels so sorry for the victim. Forgetting that her actions also led up to the actions/ re-actions of Kotze. No reasonable man just do unreasonable things just for fun. In every crime, especially where love or money are involved, there are indirect or other subtly hidden causes/ actions that led up to this point. Yes his actions in the end were unspeakable and unforging BUT everyone involved and on this earth has a certain breaking point. If pushed ANYTHING can happen. All I'm saying for those of you that cannot handle objectivity. For everything that happened. SHE is NOT so innocent. What goes around comes around.

  • william.sudding - 2012-11-28 09:04

    How can you blame another person for YOUR actions?? You are responsible for your own actions, thoughts etc.

  • abdul.cassiem.9 - 2012-11-28 09:07

    Ja right soma blame apartheid while u at it u sick freek be a man an admit to yr deeds

  • andy.mku.9 - 2012-11-28 10:30

    b

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-11-28 15:02

    45 years for Rape, 60 years for attempted murder, 20 years for murder and 15 years for GBH.

  • mororekatlego.mphahlele - 2012-11-29 14:28

    Marriage is a partly legal affair, hence there need to be laws against adultery. This man was pushed into momentary insanity. Just as he is charged; his wife should be charged with culpable homicide of the son killed. She endangered her son for 3 minutes of pleasure. Shame on her.

      Cheandrie Human - 2013-06-27 10:22

      Are you stupid?

  • Cheandrie Human - 2013-06-27 10:13

    Wow if that was my father I wouldn't want to go near him!

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