Strange things continue to beset the South African nation,after the cruel man who organised rapist to gang rape his wife and later murdered his own son is now requesting for exile.
The so-called “Modimolle Monster”, Johan Kotzé, who was found guilty and sentenced for the multiple rape, kidnap and attempted murder of his ex-wife Ina Bonette, and the murder of her son Conrad, is claiming his trial was unfair, in an appeal to the Constitutional Court.
Kotzé is serving a life sentence at Zonderwater Prison after being found guilty on July 15, 2013, on seven charges by then-Acting Judge Bert Bam of the High Court in Pretoria, who had commented during sentencing that neither he nor his co-accused had shown any remorse.
Bonette’s son was shot in Kotzé’s house within earshot of her. She was bound, tortured, and raped, and had to have reconstructive surgery afterwards.
Kotzé was found guilty on one charge of murder and was sentenced to life. He received 10 years for the kidnapping charge, life imprisonment on four charges of rape and 15 years on a charge of assault with the intention to cause grievous bodily harm.
Pieta Mohlake and Sello Mphaka were acquitted on the charge of murder, but were convicted of kidnapping and four charges of rape. They got 10 years for kidnapping and each got life for rape.
He added that when he and his psychologist testified, the witnesses for the defence were allowed into the court and so could build their case around what was said.
The extent of the protection the State gave his ex-wife Ina regarding the rape charges had also prevented his defence from cross-examining her properly.
Kotzé submits in his affidavit that the court ”apparently found a way not to deal with my defence”.
He said he did not know Bonnet was going to visit him on that day, and so it would have been impossible to plan the events, as the prosecution had claimed.
He had actually tried to set up an appointment with her, but she could not accommodate him and they tried to plan for a meeting the following week.
According to Kotzé she phoned him to say she was on her way to meet him. He claimed in his affidavit that he was actually on his way on holiday, which several other people could corroborate.
He questioned the allegation that he had planned to kill her when he found out she was seeing someone else.
He also disputed the evidence of Bonnette, saying that if the court had considered an interview she had done with Huisgenoot magazine, it could have had an effect on her credibility as a witness.
He said the exclusion of evidence such as this had also denied him the right to a fair trial.