Trial date set for Booysen murder case

Johannes Kana will face trial for the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen in October.

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

CAPE TOWN - The man accused of the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen will stand trial in October.

Johannes Kana appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court on Friday.

During the five minute proceedings, the state indicated it planned to handover outstanding witness statements to his lawyer Pieter du Toit next Wednesday.

Du Toit told the court he must also still view a video in which his client points out the various places he was with Booysen on the night of her incident.

Kana appeared calm and showed no emotion throughout the pre-trial proceedings.

In June, he confessed to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old, but denied killing her.

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

The trial is set to begin on 7 October.

Kana will remain in custody until then.

Meanwhile, the Justice Ministry in August re-established the Specialised Sexual Offences Courts.

Several non-governmental organisations welcomed the move. They said the courts would help fast-track sexual violence cases.

Twenty two courts will opened this year and 35 more will be introduced in the next three years.