Bredasdorp rape suspect due in court

One of the men being accused of the rape and murder of Anene Booysen is due in a Bredasdorp court today.

One of the men being accused of the rape and murder of Anene Booysen is due in a Bredasdorp court today. Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - Bredasdorp police on Thursday said they were doing all they could to track down more suspects in connection with the rape, mutilation and subsequent murder of teenager Anene Booysen.

The 17-year-old was raped and mutilated allegedly by a group of four men on Saturday. She was found by security guards in an industrial area of Bredasdorp, in the Southern Cape, but later died at the Tygerberg Hospital.

It has been reported she identified her ex-boyfriend as one of her alleged rapists to police.

Two men, one of whom is expected to appear in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Friday, have since been arrested for the crime.

The case of the first suspect charged with Booysen's rape and murder was this week postponed to 12 February.

Local police officers have described the case as one of the worst yet, while women groups and government have condemned the attack and urged South Africans to stand up against the rape of all people.

Police spokesperson Maree Louw said authorities were working around the clock to arrest all those responsible.

"We are trying our best to get the perpetrators behind bars."

Meanwhile, disgruntled Bredasdorp youth plan to take to the streets today and stage a march against the rape and violent attack of Booysen.

Resident Eve Martinhus said people were fuming by what happened in their community.

"There was loud outcry against what happened because of the brutality of how it happened."

There were 60 sexual crimes reported in Bredasdorp during the 2011-2012. This is an increase of 27.66% from the 47 cases recorded in 2010-2011.


Booysen's ordeal has prompted rape survivors and activists to speak out.

One woman revealed she was sexually abused when she was younger.

"In the previous generation, these sorts of things were brushed underneath the rug. I was treated as the perpetrator and him as the victim."

However, she has worked through her pain.

"You need to get over your fear. The biggest obstacle in fulfilling your destiny is yourself."