Bredasdorp to stand up against rape

Bredasdorp community has planned a series of events to speak out against the brutal murder of a teenager.

Bredasdorp community has planned a series of events to speak out against the brutal murder of a teenager.

CAPE TOWN - Following the rape and murder of a Bredasdorp teenager, community members have planned a series of events to speak out against the brutal incident and commemorate her life.

Anene Booysen was sexually assaulted and left for dead by several men last Saturday.

The 17-year-old later died on hospital.

It is understood she knew one of her attackers very well.

Two people have subsequently been arrested.

There has been a nationwide outcry since the incident.

Resident Eve Martinhus says, "On Friday there's going to be a march from 2pm to the area where she was murdered."

Some residents believe those responsible for the crime should spend a lifetime behind bars.

One Bredasdorp resident says this case is a shock to everyone.

"I'm really shocked that something so cruel could happen. I hope they will give these men life sentences. The punishment should be severe for the guy who initiated it."

Another resident feels there should be no mercy for the attackers.

"What they did to the girl is not right. I can only imagine what her mother is going through."

Meanwhile, parliamentarians have added their voices to the chorus of condemnation over the incident.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Parliament to host special public hearings so that there can be a national dialogue on the country's rape crisis.

Congress of the People (Cope) MP Beryl Ferguson has described the teenager's murder as a depraved act.

"I'm certainly going to be putting it on the agenda. I think we need to have a debate about it."

At the same time, the ANC Women's League is calling for a national commission of inquiry into the rape crisis in order to develop a strategy to deal with the problem.

In January, a 16-year-old girl was raped and mutilated in Kraaifontein.

A 47-year-old man is behind bars in connection with the crime.