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Kotze's friend pleased with verdict

‘Modimolle Monster’ Johan Kotze’s best friend welcomed the North Gauteng High Court ruling.

Ina Bonnette's attackers, Johan Kotze and three of his co-accused were found guilty of raping and mutilating her in the North Gauteng High Court on Monday. Sentencing was reserved. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

PRETORIA - 'Modimolle Monster' Johan Kotze's best friend said he was relieved by Monday's North Gauteng High Court ruling.

Kotze and his three co-accused were found guilty of rape, kidnapping, robbery and assault with the intention to do bodily harm.

Judge Bert Bam also found Kotze and co-accused Andries Sithole guilty of murdering 19-year-old Conrad Bonnette, his estranged wife Ina Bonnette's son.

Sello Phaka and Pieta Mohlake were both found guilty on the same charges, except murder.

Kotze's friend Dirk van der Merwe says he is relieved.

"He buggered up my life and my wife's [life] for a year, and my marriage a little bit. It's coming right now."

Speaking shortly after the ruling, Bonnette said, "I'm overwhelmed, but feel good."

One of her friends then turned to her and said, "Ina, you are allowed to cry now."

In January 2012, Kotze mutilated and tortured Bonnette, his then-estranged wife, and ordered three of his employees to gang-rape her.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it hoped Monday's guilty verdict would bring his victim and her family some closure.

The NPA's Medupi Simasiku said he hoped the judgment would "deliver a lesson to everyone that these crimes will never be looked over."

The ANC Women's League (ANCWL) also said they were pleased with the verdict, saying they wanted Kotze to rot in jail.

The League has been very supportive of Bonnette, attending proceedings and comforting her.

ANCWL's Mapula Ledwaba said they were certain the judge will do the right thing when sentencing proceedings commence on Tuesday morning.