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Co-accused says Kotze is lying

Andries Sithole claims he and the other co-accused were told to rape Johan Kotze’s estrange wife at gunpoint.

Johan Kotze appears in the North Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. He's accused of orchestrating the gang-rape of his ex-wife and of killing his stepson. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

PRETORIA - Johan Kotze's advocate on Tuesday suggested his co-accused Andries Sithole decided to rape his estranged wife Ina Bonnette because it was evident he was not in an emotional state to protect her.

Although Kotze has admitted to torturing and mutilating Bonnette, he has denied murdering her son Conrad and ordering the three co-accused to rape her.

All four men are on trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Sithole denied conspiring with his two co-accused to rape Bonnette when he heard Kotze talking to her outside his house.

But Kotze's advocate, Piet Greyling, told the court the only reason the rape was not successful was because Kotze unexpectedly became aggressive.

Sithole said this was not true. He said Kotze ordered them to rape Bonnette at gunpoint.

He said he wanted to go to the police on two occasions to tell them what happened.

But Sithole said he thought twice when he could not reach Kotze to determine whether he had already fled.

Sithole told the court that after he and the others made it home he then went to the Moot Police Station in Pretoria to lay a charge against Kotze for not paying him.

He was instructed to go to Pretoria north.

Meanwhile Judge Bert Bam is expected to rule on Tuesday whether the state will be allowed to reopen is case.

The state wants to reopen the case but Kotze says he is running out of funds.