No court appearance for Bredasdorp rape accused

One of the men accused of the rape and murder of Anene Booysen will not be appearing in court today.

Corlia Olivier, the foster mother of Bredasdorp rape victim Anene Booysen, as pictured on 7 February 2013. Photo: Chanel September/EWN

BREDASDORP - One of the men accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen will not be appearing in court on Friday, as was expected.

Booysen was gang-raped and mutilated in the Southern Cape town on Saturday, allegedly by a group of four men.

She identified one of her attackers before she died from her injuries at the Tygerberg Hospital later that day.

In a turn of events this morning, one of the men accused of the attack will not be appearing in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court today.

He will however remain in custody with his co-accused, whose case was this week postponed to 12 February.

Police plan to question him even further over the next few days, and the two men are expected to appear together in court on Tuesday.

It was quiet outside the court, with just a small group of residents gathered there.

Meanwhile, one of Booysen's relatives says one of the suspects believed to be involved in the gruesome rape and mutilation of the 17-year-old was a family friend.

Pauline Harmse said the family was most affected by the manner in which Booysen was attacked.

"We as a family are not happy about the way they slaughtered her."

But the first suspect's aunt, who was at court today, strongly believes her nephew did not commit the crimes he is being accused of.

She believes police arrested the wrong person, saying her nephew is just someone who enjoys a beer or two every now and then.

Booysen and the suspect, who the woman said would never hurt a fly, grew up together and apparently had a close relationship.