CAPE TOWN - Angry Bredasdorp residents took to the streets of the small Overberg town on Friday afternoon against the gang rape, mutilation and murder of one of their own.
Anene Booysen, aged 17, was attacked in the early hours of Saturday morning by a group of men and left for dead on a construction site in the town.
A security guard found her and alerted authorities. She died later in hospital but not before identifying one of the men.
Three arrests have since been made.
Hundreds of disgruntled residents held placards and sang as they marched through the streets.
Many of the protesters were women, including Booysen's mother, and shouted “enough is enough.”
They then gathered at the construction site where security guards found Booysen's body.
Earlier, a third suspect was arrested in connection with the crime.
Government, non-profit organisations and ordinary South Africans have voiced their shock and disgust at the incident.
Religious leaders have joined the call for activism against rape.
The Muslim Judicial Council’s Abdul Khaliq Allie said, “The council in the strongest possible terms condemns this particular crime that has taken place. We’re calling upon parents, educators and religious leaders to address this particular matter.”
On Thursday, the ANC Women’s League urged South Africans to unite to fight the scourge, and called for a national inquiry into the rape crisis.
South Africa has one of the highest rape statistics in the world - a woman is raped every four minutes and some victims do not report this to the authorities.