Kana's family wants the truth

Relatives of the man who confessed raping Anene Booysen say they want justice to take its course.

Johannes Kana in the Bredasdorp regional court dock on 3 June 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

BREDASDORP - The family of the man accused of Anene Booysen's brutal rape and murder believe the law must take its course.

On Monday, Johannes Kana appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court where he confessed to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old but not killing her. The court, however, rejected his plea.

Booysen died after she was raped and mutilated in February. It is believed several men attacked her. A security guard found her at a construction site. She died later in hospital.

The National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Eric Ntabazalia says it has evidence suggesting Kana did more than rape the teen.

"We don't dispute that he did rape her but we did not accept [his confession] because he is not putting forward the full version of what happened. We did not accept it on those grounds."

The NPA said the investigation has revealed Kana is the prime suspect. However, it indicated the probe into the sexual assault and mutilation of the 17-year-old is still underway.

Kana's relatives said all they want is the truth around the details of Booysen's rape and murder to emerge in court.

Outside the courtroom, several realtives, including Kana's mom, admitted he was struggling to cope in prison. They told Eyewitness News they would like to see him be granted bail.

Meanwhile, Pieter du Toit, the lawyer representing Kana, said he is not perturbed by the state's decision to reject his client's sexual assault plea.

He said they respect the decision taken.

"The state did not accept our plea because they say it doesn't coincide with the information that they have. The court then stopped the proceedings and the record will now be sent to the director of public prosecution for their decision on how they want to pursue the matter."

The case resumes on 9 July.