R10mil invested in skills development

In memory of Anene Booysen, Higher Education puts money into skills development.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande at the Mangaung Conference. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Higher Education Ministry on Saturday confirmed it had made an investment of R10million in skills development and job creation in memory of Bredasdorp teenager, Anene Booysen.

The 17-year-old girl was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site where she worked in the small Overberg town in February this year.

Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande said he had planned this project in memory of Booysen, so as to turn her tragedy into something hopeful for other young people in Bredasdorp.

More than 600 youths will attend the new skills centre that will be built where Booysen's body was discovered.

The youths will receive training in areas such as brick-laying, plumbing and road maintenance.

Nzimande said providing opportunities such as these form part of the struggle against women and children abuse.

"Our strike back against the murderers, and [we] say 'you might have killed Anene but her memory in us lives on'."

Booysen was found by a security guard the morning after she had been gang-raped and mutilated at a construction site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape.

She was still alive when she was found but died later in hospital.

Before she died she had managed to identify one of her attackers.

Two men accused of her murder are expected to appear in court on Monday.

Her gruesome death sparked an outcry countrywide that the problem of child and women abuse needed to be addressed.