Anene Booysen’s alleged killers due in court

Johannes Kana, accused number two, in the Anene Booysen rape and murder case. Picture: Chanel September/EWN
One of the men accused of the violent rape of Anene Booysen appeared in the Bredasdorp regional court this morning. The man, identified as 22-year-old Johannes Kana, covered his head in a white towel to hide his face from the media.
Bredasdorp residents marched to protest the brutal rape and murder of 17 year old Anene Booysen. Protesters chanted "enough is enough" calling for an end to the violent abuse of women and children.
Anene Booysen's death has shocked the community and residents of the small town say they want to see justice done to the men guilty of 17 year old Anene's brutal rape and subsequent death.
BREDASDORP - The three men being accused of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen's murder will return to the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s court on Tuesday.

Booysen (17) was gang-raped and mutilated in her hometown on 2 February.

She was found by security guards at a construction site in Overberg town and managed to name one of her alleged attackers before dying in hospital.

Jonathan Davids (22) and Johannes Kana (21) are due to step into the dock in courtroom G25 this morning, facing charges of rape and murder.

Kana was arrested last week, while Davids was arrested a few days before.

A third man was arrested, but later released after further police investigation.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has indicated it will oppose any bail applications.

Its spokesperson, Eric Ntabazalila, said there was evidence linking both men to the attack on Anene.

But he declined to divulge any further information, saying the details of the accused’s alleged involvement would emerge as the court case progressed.

Relatives have described Kana as a “quite, young man” and expressed shock he had been linked to Booysen’s murder.

The suspect is said to have been close with the deceased.

Booysen's rape and murder has forced South Africans to do some introspection and seek to actively fight the scourge.


Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it deals with dozens of cases each month similar to the Booysen case.

The NPA adds at some courts there are between 25 and 30 such cases on the roll each week.

In Mitchell's Plain, 16 sexual assault and murder matters were heard in the last week alone.

NPA's Eric Ntabazalia said these incidents were worrying.

“We as the NPA are prioritising all rape cases. From the President to NGO’s, there is outrage in the country.”