Booysen trial date set

Suspect Johannes Kana finally has clarity of his rape and murder trial.

Rape and murder accused Johannes Kana appears in the dock on 9 July 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The rape and murder case of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen has been set down for trial.

Johannes Kana, who has confessed to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old, appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Booysen died after she was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in February.

After six months on the court roll, Kana finally had clarity of his trial date.

The pre-trial hearing will be heard in the Western Cape High Court in September after which the matter will be transferred to a Swellendam court for a month-long trial.

The state will call a total of 52 witnesses.

Kana looked calm while in the dock.

His mother managed to control her emotions inside the packed courtroom, but when she stepped outside she broke down in tears.

Meanwhile, Kana's family said they would support him no matter what.

Relatives said with the trial three months away, he needed their support now more than ever.

They admit while the case has taken a toll on the entire family, they remain strong for his sake.

In June, the court heard in detail the Kana's version of events.

The state also dropped charges against co-accused Jonathan Davids due to insufficient evidence.

Kana maintains he did not kill Booysen.

Shortly before she died, Booysen revealed that five or six men were involved in the attack.

She did identify one of her attackers shortly before she died.