Bredasdorp rape case postponed

Suspects in the Anene Booysens murder case will remain in custody until their next court appearance.

One of the suspects arrested in connection with her brutal rape and murder of Anene Booysen. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

BREDASDORP - The case against two men accused of the brutal rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen has been postponed for a formal bail application.

Jonathan Davids and Johannes Kana appeared briefly in court on Tuesday.

Shortly after the court proceedings, residents staged a protest march in the town, calling for an end to gender-based violence.

A group of about 100 residents handed over a memorandum of concern to court officials demanding stiffer sentences for those convicted of rape and murder.

This resident said they have had enough.

"People must be aware of rape and report it if it happens. As a community, we must protect our children and women."

The case will resume on 26 February and the suspects will remain in custody until then.

OUTRAGEOUS CRIMES

The 17-year-old girl was gang-raped and mutilated a week ago.

She managed to name one of her attackers before dying in hospital.

Booysen was laid to rest over the weekend.

Meanwhile, a suspect is due in court in connection with a similar attack in the North West Province.

The body of 11-year-old Offentse Mogale was discovered in a shallow grave in Brits last week.

The child had also been raped and murdered.

The police's Thulani Ngubane said the man arrested for the crime was out on parole following a prior conviction in a similar case.

"We have requested the parole officer to revoke his parole. He will be taken back to prison to continue his 27-year sentence.

At the same time, Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said shattered and dysfunctional families are a root cause of many social problems, including rape and murder.

She said families and communities need to take responsibility for ensuring that children are raised to have respect for human life.

"This is a societal issue to the government, the opposition, all the NGOs, every family and every individual. This is a scourge. Everyone has the right to feel safe in society. The criminal justice system has the primary function but none of us is exempt."

According to statistics, a woman is raped every four minutes in South Africa.