Bredasdorp murder accused claims innocence

While Anene Booysen identified him as an attacker before she died, Jonathan Davids says he’s innocent.

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

CAPE TOWN - Relatives of accused number one in the Anene Booysen rape and murder case said on Tuesday they are positive about his bail prospects.

Jonathan Davids' bail application hearing will continue in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

His uncle Nico September told Eyewitness News the family believes he is innocent.

Davids and co-accused Johannes Kana are charged with the sexual assault and murder of the 17-year-old teenager earlier this month.

Davids pleaded not guilty.

He told the court that while he saw Anene at a local pub just hours before she had died, he did not rape or kill her.

Anene identified a man named Zwai as one of her attackers before she died.

Davids confirmed that while his nickname is Zwai, another resident also goes by the same name.

Davids lawyer Peter du Toit told Eyewitness News he expects the state to call a witness who will testify about the blood found on his client's shoe.

More witnesses are expected to testify as the bail hearing continues.

Meanwhile, the state feels it has a strong case against Davids.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it had evidence linking Davids to the crime.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila said, "We have witnesses who say they saw him at the club with the victim. We also have material which has been sent for testing and it's not only blood, there's semen as well."

CONTINUED RAPE AWARENESS

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga earlier announced a new initiative to raise awareness about rape and gender-based violence.

The initiative, in partnership with Lead SA, aims to educate the country's 10,2 million school pupils about the scourge.

The minister called for special assemblies to be held at all schools on Friday morning.

"We request on 1 March at 8am, special assemblies must be convened in all schools to take a stand against rape and violence."

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