'Rape nothing new in Bredasdorp'

One of Anene Booysen's friends says rape and sexual violence is nothing new in Bredasdorp.

Protesters gather outside the Bredasdorp Regional Court where two men appeared for allegedly gang raping, mutillating and murdering 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - As anger and outrage settles following the rape and murder of Anene Booysen (17), the extent of the incident and gender violence facing Bredasdorp has become clearer.

The small Western Cape town made headlines in February after the brutal rape and murder of the 17-year-old.

At first glance Bredasdorp is a pretty, small rural town.

But just on the outskirts the community is rife with alcoholism, domestic violence and sexual abuse.

According to some of Booysen's peers, sexual violence is nothing out of the ordinary.

"They could have raped her, but they didn't have to kill her," said her one friend.

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in the town on 2 February - she died hours later in hospital.

Social workers spoke to Eyewitness News about the effects of being overwhelmed by drugs and alcohol addiction in families.

"The influence of tik is now making people more violent in communities."

Booysen's alleged killers will appear in court again in April.

Meanwhile, Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police said a shortage of DNA rape kits at some of the country's police stations was worrying and unacceptable.

The kits are essential for rape cases as they are used to collect forensic evidence from victims shortly after the rape.

The committee's acting chairperson, Annelize van Wyk, asked "How can you run out of a basic thing that is needed like a rape kit at a crime scene? We have asked various questions to the national commissioner and are awaiting her response no later than this week."