Seeing Kotzé 'like looking at the devil'

2012-01-12 22:39

Modimolle - A woman taking her two toddlers for a spin to lull them to sleep, says when she saw Johan Kotzé, dubbed the "Modimolle Monster", at a supermarket on Tuesday evening, it was like looking at the devil.

"I started shaking when I saw him," Surinda du Preez said on Thursday, adding "I could see in his eyes that he knew I'd recognised him."

Kotzé had been on the run for about a week after allegedly forcing three men at gunpoint to gang-rape his estranged wife and killing his stepson.

"We'd all been on the lookout for his [Toyota] Fortuner. I could hardly believe my eyes when I saw it parked near the shop.

It was just after 20:00 when Du Preez stopped in front of the supermarket and looked in. "He was busy paying."

She said Kotzé had bought two 5 litre-bottles of water, energy drinks and bully beef.

"I started reversing and sped home," said Du Preez, who stays a block away from the supermarket.

Du Preez told a policeman who stays nearby that she'd seen Kotzé.

"At first they didn't want to believe me and kept on asking if I was sure it was him."

Convinced, Du Preez's husband, Anton, and his brother Werner took their Land Cruiser and went in the direction of the Drie Hekke smallholdings.

"There are several 4x4 routes there and my husband suspected that he'd go in that direction.

"They know the area and saw the Fortuner's tracks on the dirt road."

The two men followed the tracks. "Then they saw the interior light of the Fortuner go on."

They phoned the police, who were there within minutes. As Kotzé tried to get away, he crashed into a tree.

He then fled on foot.

"My husband and brother-in-law wanted to follow him, but the police warned them that he [Kotzé] was dangerous and a good shot.

"It is so arrogant of him to drive to town in his SUV with  an FS registration number, which everyone was on the lookout for."

Kotzé is set to appear in court on Friday on charges of rape and murder.

  • Neville - 2012-01-12 22:50

    why did olice brag they corner him , they took all the credit

      Warren - 2012-01-12 23:22

      It was more this "Brigadier" Hangwani Mulaudzi who was on an ego trip of note. One can only shake your head at all the misinformation spewed by this (probably) cadre deployed clown. That is of course if News 24 was quoting him correctly.

      Craig - 2012-01-12 23:57

      The cops need all the positive limelight they can steal 'cos in general, respect for them is dissapearing fast. Sorry, but this fact.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-13 05:22

      Once again it was left to the public to make the breakthrough. All the "we are on his trail" nonsense was nothing but spin. They would not even believe he was still in town. Now we need to see if they handle the evidence and prosecution properly.

      Johan - 2012-01-13 08:36

      I don't quiet agree with you. This was successful because the different sectors worked together. When you are looking for someone, there is no way in hell that the police is going to find him unless they get help from the public. The police can impede the wanted's movement by making it difficult for him to move around. The public did an amazing job and without their help, he would never have been detained. But the police were the ones that provided the helicopters. The police were the ones that provided the sniffer gogs. Without that Kotze was free to roam as he pleased and with a 4X4 Fortuner, probably out the area a long time ago. On the other hand, the neighbourhood watch also played a very important part. One cannot really say that the one sector gets all the credit. And as for giving himself up? He probably realised there was no way out. He was pinned down unable to maneuvre himself out there successfully. Not with helicopters (the police's) sniffer dogs (the police's neighbourhood watch (the community's) alert public (the community's) no transport anymore (his own doing), food and water difficult if not impossible to come by(fear of alert public, police helicopters, snifferdogs, neighbourhood watch) - they all play a roll toghether

      danie.dewaal - 2012-01-15 17:06

      Just think what would happen to crime if we can work together like this in all instances. If the community stands together, then it becomes virtually impossible for anyone to disappear.

  • SergeD69 - 2012-01-12 23:02

    Come on, you have no idea how the devil looks.

      Desmond Makobo - 2012-01-12 23:06

      He must rot in jail.

      Chrismicro305 - 2012-01-12 23:18

      Oh come off it there is no such thing as a devil, "he looks like the devil" is only a comparison.

      Warren - 2012-01-12 23:24

      You clearly haven't seen my mother-in-law yet. Lol.

  • vanetia.mentor - 2012-01-12 23:46

    Wow...Great job civilians and police..One question tho:what is bully beef?

      Ryno Karelsen - 2012-01-13 00:07

      Corned Beef in a can. A trusty Afrikaans meal.

      Nhlamulo - 2012-01-13 00:44

      Beef that is not very nice to smaller, weaker beef.

      Renier - 2012-01-13 00:50

      @Ryno: Bully Beef is eaten all over the world and can not be called an "Afrikaans Meal" Although the exact beginnings of corned beef have been lost to history, it most likely came about when people began preserving meat through salt-curing. Evidence of its legacy is apparent in numerous cultures, including Ancient Europe, and the Middle East. The word corn derives from Old English, which is used to describe any small hard particles or grains. In the case of "corned beef", the word refers to the coarse granular salts used to cure the beef.

      Ryno Karelsen - 2012-01-13 08:10

      Ag Renier. Moet julle altyd n storie van alles maak. Ek het saam met Engelse groot geword en nooit het hulle daarvan gepraat of geeet nie. Dis altyd ons "boere" wat bully beef op brood of saam met eiers eet. As ons boere gaan kamp word bully beef eerste ingepak teenoor die Ingelse se baked beens.

      Henk - 2012-01-13 11:22

      As I have it, corned beef is just another form of preserved meat. It has been done for ages. The canning of food started in 1810. Read Wikipedia.

      Renier - 2012-01-13 20:26

      @KalliBalli: Dit is nie 'n Afrikaanse dis nie en klaar. Ek het nie 'n ding begin nie, jy het! Vanetia het 'n vraag gevra en jy gee die verkeerde inligting.

      danie.dewaal - 2012-01-15 17:11

      Due to the ubiquity of salting beef for preservation in many cultures, corned beef features prominently as an ingredient in many cuisines, including the Jewish, Irish American, and Caribbean cuisines. Corned beef is also a main part of the German dish Labskaus, well known during World War II and still served today in restaurants on Germany's Northern coast. Canned corned beef Canned corned beef is sometimes referred to in the United Kingdom as bully beef, which derived from the French term bœuf bouilli (boiled beef).[2] In making corned beef, most manufacturers add potassium nitrate (saltpeter) or sodium nitrite to the cure to preserve the beef's pink colour. That is a quote from Wikipedia. I am Afrikaans, and know it quite well, but as you can see, we got it from the English.

  • Renier - 2012-01-13 00:53

    Good work to those involved. This man should never ever come out of jail!

  • Mlungisi - 2012-01-13 08:07

    Great work news item please

  • Adri - 2012-01-13 08:09

    Well done to the Du Preez family!!!

  • zelna.oberholster - 2012-01-13 08:11

    Well done to the woman (not so well done to the journalist who chose to disclose that she stays a block away from the supermarket?!?) and the SAPS for following up on the lead. I do recall the spokesperson giving credit to his team. Common guys, they did a good job, with the help of the public. If we as the public become more active in our communities to fight crime, we could help bring down the crime rate. Excellent job to all concerned!

  • Stanley - 2012-01-13 08:49

    I think this would be a good time to re-introduce the death penalty. It is very sad that it came down to what he did. My condolences go out to the family for the loss of the boy! I hope that he gets the maximum jail term!!!

  • Remona - 2012-01-13 09:11

    Give the Du Preez family a Bells....

  • Sandy - 2012-01-13 09:27

    What a thumb down for the police he had been right under there noses and they couldn't find him, they good at hiding in the bushes having a good chat.............

  • bbmayekiso - 2012-01-13 10:09

    fighting crime is not police job only , that is why we got CPF (comunity police forum

  • Maryna - 2012-01-13 10:31

    Surinda you deserve all the credit!!!! There are a lot of people that are relieved that this creature is where he belongs.

  • Annalene - 2012-01-13 10:54

    They also said, days before he was captured, that they knew where he was, it is just a matter of time.... lol. liars !

  • Jason - 2012-01-13 12:56

    I dont understand why his bank accounts werent frozen, this should be step number 1 in a case of such magnitude as far as I am concerned, glad they caught this piece of horse ass!!

  • Gail - 2012-01-13 14:15

    I watched Top Billing last night and when one sees and hears of cases like that poor woman shot 8 years ago and still not paid out what she is owed, about to lose her house and her dogs and even possibly her life as she is currently in hospital having dialysis. What motivation is there to serve the general public when you are constantly treated even by your government as just a number when you have been disabled by the work you do in the course of your day. Of course there are rotten apples in the barrel but in the arrest of J Kotze the police with the assistance of the public arrested him. The police announced his arrest as though they did it all on their own but what they did do was stand in the front line and take him down alive with no further injury to anyone. Perhaps the general public could have taken him in without police assistance and injury but that is not the job of the public and the police would be blamed if someone got hurt. Kudos to the cops and to the vigilant public who reported the sighting and pursued him and let the police know. Teachers, nurses and police are people who are willing to place their own lives on the line for the good of others and they do not get either adequate recognition financially for the vital work they do nor even thanks from the public and the govt they serve. Thanks to all those SAPS and Nurses and Teachers for the wonderful work most of you do. Please make sure this guy serves life without parole Brigadier.

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