Booysen accused back in court

Johannes Kana will learn whether the case will be moved to the Cape High Court.

Johannes Kana in the Bredasdorp regional court dock. Picture: Chanel September

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen is due back in court today.

Johannes Kana has confessed to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old, but has denied murdering her.

Kana is expected to hear the National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) final decision on whether his rape and murder case will be transferred to the Cape High Court, where if found guilty, a tougher sentence can be handed down.

This is his second court appearance since the charges against his co-accused and the state's main suspect, Jonathan Davids, were withdrawn due to insufficient evidence.

Last month, the court heard Kana's version of events which lead up to Booysen's brutal rape in detail.

Kana claims he and friends had been drinking and the 17-year-old had joined them.

The two then left the group and walked home.

He admitted they were drunk and on the way they started to kiss.

He claimed that Booysen fell and he then raped her, but he maintains that he did not kill her.

The state has however rejected his version of events.

Meanwhile, some Bredasdorp community members have called for the teen's rape and murder case to be re-investigated.

Last month, residents raised concerns around the probe saying they were disappointed in the slow process of the investigation.

They told Eyewitness News they can't understand how only one suspect is being charged with the crime.

There are also concerns that police may have bungled the probe and there are fears the teenager's killers are still walking around free.