Doctor traumatised by Bonette's injuries

2012-11-26 22:50

Pretoria - The injuries inflicted on Ina Bonette's breasts were so severe that the doctor who examined her was left traumatised, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday.

Dr Johan Janse van Rensburg testified that no one could ever forget seeing a woman whose nipples had been cut off.

Treating the injured Bonette had been traumatic for him as well, he said.

Bonette last week testified that her former husband Johan Kotzé had tortured her with various objects at his house in Modimolle. He cut off her nipples with a side cutter and a small saw. He pushed a nail into the wounds in her breast and punctured both her silicone implants, which had to be replaced.

She testified that Kotzé's alleged accomplices Andries Sithole, Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka took turns to rape her. She heard her son Conrad begging Kotzé for his life before he was shot dead.

Van Rensburg testified that Bonette was severely traumatised and in shock when he saw her hours after the crime. She was crying and told him her son had been shot dead, both of her nipples cut off, and that she had been sexually violated.

Examining Bonette had taken several hours because he had to call in police experts to help with the sexual assault crime kit. He insisted that a female police captain remain with Bonette while he examined her.


"I constantly thought about how she must feel and told her I was sorry but we had to get the exhibits and we had to go through the process," he said.

She had puncture wounds under both breasts. She had an abrasion on her face, both upper eyelids appeared bruised, and she had injuries indicative of sexual assault.

Having her nipples cut off had to have been very painful because there were many nerve endings in that area.

Having "steel drops", a medicine used to treat anaemia and iron deficiency, poured into the wounds must have been excruciating because it burnt severely, he said.

The doctor saw Bonette again the next day and referred her to a hospital because her breasts were swollen and getting red, indicating that infection might be setting in.

The trial continues.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-11-26 23:27

    I am in awe of Ina Bonette. Where did she find the strength to get through this? If it was me I'd probably shrivel up and die. She is such an inspiration!

      walter.o.latham - 2012-11-27 05:19

      Book them forever; ignore their calls for mercy when their fellow prisoners get hold of them, because they deserve to get the same treatment. Ina Bonette is an inspiration for all abused women and children. She'll earn a fortune and deserves it; write a book and tell your story to encourage all those unfortunates out there. If this is not a case to re-introduce hanging, I don't know what is!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2012-11-27 07:22

      Sharon, this case has nothing to do with being armed and legalising firearms. This was her ex-husband and not an uninvited intruder. I am all for personal firearms but you are pulling this matter out of all context!

      wikus.erasmus.545 - 2012-11-27 07:29

      And hijacking someone else's trauma for a distinctly separate is cause is what? Noble?

      merven.halo - 2012-11-27 07:54

      @sharon.hamilton, wrong platform/story for your marketing.

      delish7564 - 2012-11-27 09:08

      @sharon.hamilton. What gives you the right to say people's comments are trite and meaningless? I am a foreigner here and as such have no voting rights to affect any of this country's laws, which is fair enough, however, that does not mean I can't genuinely feel compassion and great admiration for this woman who has been brave beyond belief. She IS an inspiration...these are genuine sentiments from one woman to another. I DO admire her, I admire her strength and courage and since you don't know me, it is not for you to announce on this forum that I or anyone else is false in expressing our sympathy for this woman. Could you do what she is doing? I'm not sure I could, I think I would be too devestated at the loss of my son (the anger would come later) not to mention dealing with the injuries sustained. I find your condemnation of others offensive, so please keep those remarks to yourself. I would agree people should have the right to personal arms but this is neither the place nor the time to discuss that, nor actually, is it relevant in this case :(

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-27 10:04

      Sharon.hamilton.737001. So you think we all sit back in our armchairs and do nothing. Since when do you know us all?.

      gareth.coats - 2012-11-27 10:06

      Sharon Hamilton, I am laughing out loud! You have just done EXACTLY, to the tee, what you are purportedly, vehemently admonish. ARMCHAIR ACTIVIST! What a dumb@ss!

      george.frangs - 2012-11-27 10:17

      So Sharon, exactly what have you done? Pics or GTFO.

      Antipoaching - 2012-11-27 10:25

      Sharon Hamilton, just because we arent all gun-toting fascists doenst mean we are incapable of being anti-crime and doing our own bit in our own way to try to combat crime...... and please don't feed me that trite crud that "guns don't kill people"! If every-one in SA, one of the most violent society's on earth, had guns the crime problem would not magically disappear. The problem is our propensity for violence, which arose from the militarisation of society during the apartheid era. I'd rather expend my energy on fighting for a gun-free SA than join gunownersa, but hey, if that floats your boat, all power to you. I am in awe of Ina Bonnette just like I am of Allison (Noordhoek rapists survivor), I domn't expect my posts on News24 to bring either of them one iota of comfort but maybe posts like these will help them cope with the trauma simply by knowing that there are people who admire their courage

  • scouter.fourone - 2012-11-26 23:47

    No words I can think of to describe this animal adequately nor a punishment that would sufficiently fit the crime ..... I just cannot get my head around the mind of someone who could think up this type of cruelty.

      julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-11-26 23:53

      Scouter, please do NOT insult animals by comparing a piece of filth like that with them - animals lead very orderly lives and never behave like these sick third-grade species of sub-humanity...

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-27 10:07

      Amatambo I wonder who gave you thumbs down. Animal haters perhaps?.

  • Nkosinathi.Sibbs - 2012-11-27 00:06

    One bullet one monster and lets castrate all rapist and make them docile!!

      Sally Lewitt - 2012-11-27 00:44

      this so called 'man' you did this deserves the WORST punishment that the court can meter out.. and a bonus would see him castigated !!

  • frank.miholer.3 - 2012-11-27 04:12

    We don't even get stories this bad in the U.S.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2012-11-27 07:44

      nonsense! worse happens globally!

      george.frangs - 2012-11-27 07:50

      Yes, you just sit back and let Casey Anthony walk...

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-27 09:49

      Every country gets stories like this, but SA has it on a much higher scale.

      Antipoaching - 2012-11-27 10:45

      Luis Enrique Ruiz , 37, and Jimmy Lee Massey Jr, 33, of Oklahoma City abducted, tied up, tortured and then amputated the foot of a young girl whilst she was concious and alive Frank, I think thats pretty bad

      eric.shinn.90 - 2012-11-27 12:05

      What about the guy who decided to eat a strangers face - off. He ate his FACE..........OFF :)

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-28 10:21

      Sit down Frank and make sure you children are safe at school and the movies, Americans love shooting people up there.

  • Angela Karin Burckard - 2012-11-27 06:30

    this savage thing does not deserve to live, he gave up that right

  • David Steyn - 2012-11-27 06:44

    @ Sharon . You are a self opinionated crusader Sharon. I don't know how you can make statements like this. You have no clue what the people who voice opinions and sympathy do to combat crime or anything else.

  • Dean Redhead - 2012-11-27 07:03

    @veldt66 what ever that is, are you now also going to pull the race card here, get a life shame poor black man, its clear they cant think, my deepest sorrows for bonette, take a life get life rape and be raped

      brian.dureuck - 2012-11-27 07:35

      mazwi, no offense dude, the guy was from the AWB ... it was not for the pain .... only a few white men have small penisses .... it was to humiliate her ...

      kimard - 2012-11-27 07:41

      @mazwi - where are you calling from? how many white penises have you seen? :) dont underestimate white men

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-27 09:50

      Mazwi Biyase - all 3 got an erection over and over? you can not will an erection on, you need to be stimulated................

  • brian.dureuck - 2012-11-27 07:33

    bull!!! doctors see worse things .... just a way for the doctor to sue someone for the stress etc he went through - just a quick buck

      george.frangs - 2012-11-27 09:31


      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-27 09:52

      I find just reading about this story stessful, he saw her injuries - I can imagine that they were bad enough to stress anyone regardless of how much they see daily.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-27 10:24

      Wallace Outcast. You may usually hang around with bitches, but that does not give you the right to go ahead calling others a bitch. You are suppose to speak Chinese, English and French, saying bitch in three languages isn't good enough.

      riette.nothling - 2012-11-27 14:34

      Brian & george - you are both ignorant - who said he will sue for stress?! You think just because doctors see bad things daily that this case can't be traumatising? Perhaps this was the worst this doctor have seen in his career up to now. So rather keep quiet because your comments are ignorant of the nature of this crime!

  • Wallace Outkast - 2012-11-27 07:43

    Damm it kotze! did had to do all that, torturing her nipples,killing her sun the rape her?? wonder evryone hate u so much...may you repent in jail, and ask for forgivness to that woman...jesus!!!!

  • flysouth - 2012-11-27 07:49

    If anyone did anything like this torture to me, or anyone I love I would dedicate all my resources to hunting them down and simply killing them as one would a rabid dog. Revenge is a dish best served cold - but it does need to be served. I guess I am an 'old testament' kind of guy - and forget the law, I do have the right.

      ian.webmagic - 2012-11-27 09:14

      Killing them outright ? I beg to differ with you a little. If this happened to someone I loved, I would dedicate all my resources to hunting them down and torturing them mercilessly for weeks until they die of shock.

      ian.webmagic - 2012-11-27 09:15

      Death is to good a deal for this monster.

      toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-27 09:53

      A rabid dog deserves better than this!

  • nkosie.ngubane.52 - 2012-11-27 08:10

    Sick busted. he should be killed. no human being can do such a thing. he deserves to die period.

  • annerie.m.coetzee - 2012-11-27 08:35

    We Salute You Ina!!!!!!!

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-11-27 08:39

    Hope they torture him in jail...slowly and painfully!

  • teri.bosmanbekker - 2012-11-27 08:46

    Die arme vrou! Dis aaklig wat met haar gebeur het. Ons het siek siek SIEK mense in hierdie wereld!!!

  • mark.hedington.7 - 2012-11-27 09:07

    And we don't have the death penalty.....shameful.

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-11-27 09:22

    Shame poor doctor. Please do not EVER get on an ambulance and see the injuries paramedics have to deal with. You will surely die.

  • kitty2wp - 2012-11-27 09:25

    losing her son must've been the worst pain. how can any human being do this to another ... just sick!

  • toni.k.mcquillen - 2012-11-27 09:38

    This is like something out of a horror story! This poor poor woman.

  • ehoutzamer - 2012-11-27 09:44

    oh my God!!! this sic vark must be sent to jail for the rest of his life!!

  • ehoutzamer - 2012-11-27 09:46

    SIC!!! VARK I hope he goes to prison for the rest of his sic life.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-11-27 09:57

    what about da police?

      george.frangs - 2012-11-27 11:54

      F&*K da police!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-27 10:02

    This is so dreadful. For a doctor to be traumatized things must have been bad. Poor woman, she will never be the same again. For lawyers to maintain their clients didn't rape her is a disgrace. They are almost as bad as their clients.

  • lydia.benkenstein - 2012-11-27 10:06

    He is going to that place where you dont drop the soap.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-11-27 14:02

      ...and they will sort him out in double quick time.

  • dianne.neyt - 2012-11-27 10:24

    Sick bastard....I hope all the prisoners pay him a visit and he becomes everyones plaything. This bastard does not deserve life.....he must hang for his crimes against this woman but not before he faces his inmates and gets back a little of what he dished out. He is perverted, sadistic and disgusting and cannot be called a human being! He is sub-human cr*p!

  • morris.khunou - 2012-11-27 10:30

    I get traumatised from a distance! All these brutal actions were premeditated to bring the highest possible pain and humiliation to the victim. There is a thin line between love and hate!

  • sudika.harkhu - 2012-11-27 11:06

    If torturing her wasn't enuff, he killed her son who was begging for his mum's life. The devil has competition.

      sharon.hamilton.737001 - 2012-11-27 11:30

      the devil, god and man are one and the same

      morris.khunou - 2012-11-27 14:58

      @ sharon > are you sure u are not some kind of a pop-up virus, trojan or something! I cant assosiate you with human beings!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-28 10:23

      Never trust someone who has numbers after their name..

  • godesha - 2012-11-27 11:41

    I was traumatised just reading about her injuries. Let's hope that the scum gets the punishment he deserves. Ina, I said it before, stay strong, you are a brave woman and yes, as SharonE said earlier, you are an inspiration to many.

  • Ven.saDhammananda - 2012-11-27 12:51

    Animals Dont behave like that. We can learn from animals. He is just a savage.

  • lindie.nel.98 - 2012-11-27 13:22

    Hulle moet hom vir ons vrouens gee!! Ons sal hom sy vonnis toe dien en doen met hom wat hy met haar gedoen het!! Die siek siek mens!!!!

  • carla.smit.77 - 2012-11-27 13:24

    Gave me chills just reading it! :(

  • sharon.s.cupido - 2012-11-27 15:02

    U sick bastard Kotze!!!!!

  • 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 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.

  • ft.burhaak - 2012-11-27 20:29

    Very sickening crime.Deport to Iran!

  • lucky.mabunda.92 - 2012-11-27 20:48

    Oh my GOD what is happening in your world

  • joan.l.smith.3 - 2012-11-27 21:10


  • dikeledi.malatji.56 - 2012-11-27 21:35

    Sies Kotze ur a Monster!!

  • rowan.goss - 2012-11-28 05:55

    South Africa desperately needs the death penalty. Their is no other way forward.

  • tracy.theron.33 - 2012-11-28 08:55

    I can't think of any punishment that would fit this crime. These men need to suffer in agony for years - death would be too kind for them.

  • jamey.webber - 2012-11-28 10:22

    OMG, what has society become? Poor poor woman, and for the horrible way her son had to die at the hands of monsters. My thoughts are with you.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-11-28 11:03

    the should vivisect the bastard

  • lielie.smit - 2012-11-28 12:49

    holy hell!!!!! I cringe just to read it! Monster is too kind a word for that ......, I don't even have the right word!

  • lskosana3 - 2012-11-28 19:37

    Poor woman has been through a lot, I can't even begin to imagine :(

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