Kotze, Bonnette 'agreed on sex'

South Africa
Johan Kotze and his co-accused (from left) Andries Sithole, Frans Mphaka and Pieta Mohlane. Picture: Beukes/SAPA

PRETORIA - There was an agreement between the man dubbed the "Modimolle Monster" and his ex-wife that she would have sex with three men, the High Court heard on Tuesday.

One of Johan Kotze's co-accused, Andries Sithole, testified how he translated Kotze's orders on the day Ina Bonnette was attacked in his Modimolle home.

Francois van As for Kotze's other two co-accused Pieta Mohlane and Frans Mphaka, said his clients were told Kotze and Bonnette agreed she would sleep with three black men and he would arrange it for her.

"That's what Mr Kotze told me," Sithole said.

He said he translated Kotze's orders to Mohlane and Mphaka.

Kotze is accused of mutilating and orchestrating the gang-rape of Bonnette and of murdering his stepson Conrad (19).

At the time, Bonnette was married to Kotze but lived in her own flat.

Sithole, Mohlane and Mphaka are accused of kidnapping, assaulting, repeatedly raping and attempting to murder Bonnette.

Van As said that when the two men asked why they must sleep with Bonnette, they were told Kotze was not getting enough sex from him, he was too fat and he suspected her of cheating.

Sithole testified Kotze told him when Bonnette arrived at the house she would act as if she did not know what was going on.

"That's exactly what Kotze told me to tell Mohlane and Mphaka."

Van As said his clients did not want to have sex with Bonnette. They wanted their money for the day's labour and go home.

Sithole agreed with this statement, adding: "This was what caused Kotze to become aggressive and angry."

The three said Kotze forced them at gunpoint to either hide in the closet or behind the closet door in the room where Bonnette was attacked.

Van As said that, according to his clients, Bonnette was already tied to the bed and had her pants pulled down when they were let out of the closet.

Earlier Sithole denied helping to plan Bonnette's rape.

"That's not true," Sithole said when Kotze's counsel Piet Greyling put it to him that he planned the rape, knowing Kotze would not be able to protect Bonnette.

He also denied Greyling's submission that the three of them did their planning inside the house while Kotze and Bonnette were outside talking.

The trial was postponed to June 25.

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