Booysen case: Pre-trial begins

The pre-trial proceedings of the man accused of Anene Booysen’s rape and murder begins today.

Johannes Kana accused of gang-raping, murdering and mutilating 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The pre-trial proceedings of the man accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen will get underway in the Western Cape High Court today.

Johannes Kana has confessed to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old, whose mutilated body was discovered by security guards near a local tavern.

But Kana has denied killing her.

Booysen died in hospital due to her injuries in February this year.

Eight months after being arrested in connection with the savage attack, Kana's pretrial is ready to begin.

Today's proceedings will allow the state and defence to, among other things, streamline the trial which is expected to begin in October.

The state previously indicated it plans to call a total of 52 witnesses.

The state also previously rejected Kana's confession and claimed there is evidence linking him to Booysen's murder.

KANA'S VERSION OF EVENTS

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

He claimed he and friends had been drinking and Anene 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.

Booysen then fell and he raped her.