Modimolle: Bonnette's ex testifies

Rex Bonnette testified about the day he heard his son was killed.

Johan Kotze, the man dubbed the ‘Modimolle Monster’, stands accused of torturing and mutilating his estranged wife Ina Bonnette, and orchestrating her gang-rape. He is also accused of murdering her son Conrad. Picture:EWN

PRETORIA - Ina Bonnette's ex-husband took the stand on Wednesday in the trial of Johan Kotze and his three co-accused in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

The court heard how Rex Bonnette discovered Kotze had shot and killed his son.

Kotze, dubbed the 'Modimolle Monster' stands accused of torturing and mutilating Ina Bonnette and orchestrating her gang-rape.

He was also charged with murdering her 19-year-old son, Conrad.

Bonnette testified that his ex-wife had spoken to him on the day after the attack, and told him that their son didn't survive the shooting.

He detailed the phone calls he received shortly after the incident and said his sister phoned him to tell him, "Kotze shot a child."

Bonnette says he automatically assumed the victim was one of his children.

He later received a phone call from Ina, saying their son didn't survive the shooting.

Ina also told him that Kotze had threatened to shoot his co-accused if they didn't rape her.


Earlier this year, Kotze said he didn't think he committed any offence when he went on the run following the attack on Ina.

He has admitted to torturing and mutilating her in January last year, but has denied murdering her son or orchestrating her gang-rape.

Judge Bert Bam asked Kotze why he fled after the attack if he didn't believe he had done anything wrong.

Kotze said he hadn't realised what a mess the situation was and admitted he wasn't thinking of either Bonnette or her murdered son when he fled.

He made several bizarre accusations in court saying prosecutor Retha Meintjes was trying to intimidate him by the way she looked at him.

Kotze also accused the state of silencing his first witness Conrad's friend and claimed the boy hadn't told the full truth about what happened on the day of the incident.

Speaking about the troubles in his marriage, Kotze said his wife never cooked for him and that he wasn't used to that.