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No bail for Bredasdorp accused - Xingwana

Minister Lulu Xingwana called on courts to impose harsher sentences for sex offenders.

Lulu Xingwana believes harsher sentences would serve as a deterrent to would-be rapists.

CAPE TOWN - In the wake of the rape and murder of Anene Booysen, Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called on the courts to hand down harsher sentences to deter perpetrators.

The two men accused of the attack appeared briefly in the Bredasdorp Local Court on Tuesday.

Jonathan Davids and Johannes Kana covered their faces as they made their way into the courtroom.

Both men indicated they will be applying for bail, but residents are opposed to this.

The matter will resume on February 26.

Booysen managed to name one of her alleged killers shortly before succumbing to her injuries.

Xingwana attended Tuesday's proceedings.

She says such brutality cannot be allowed to continue.

"We are saying to the courts there must be no bail. We expect the toughest and the harshest sentence [possible]."

FREE STATE GANG-RAPE

As nine teenagers face prosecution for the alleged gang-rape of a young woman in the Free State, police are still trying to determine whether more youngsters are involved in the crime.

The 24-year-old was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident happened while she and her husband were walking home from a family gathering.

The police's Peter Kareli says it is possible that more than nine teens were involved.

"The victim doesn't know how many people were there."

The arrested teens will appear in court on Wednesday.