Booysen case: Witness 1 on the stand

The guard who discovered Anene Booysen’s body is testifying in her murder case.

Anene Booysen was gang-raped and murdered in Bredasdorp. Picture: Chanel September/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The first witness has taken the stand as the trial of the man accused of the brutal rape and murder of Bredasdorp teen Anene Booysen gets underway in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

The state has 52 witnesses lined up to testify.

The accused Johannes Kana (21) confessed to sexually assaulting the 17-year-old girl, but maintains he is not responsible for her murder.

Booysen died as a result of severe injuries after she was raped and mutilated in February.

The security guard, who was patrolling a reconstruction and development programme (RDP) housing construction site in the town where Booysen was found, has testified.

He told the court he was on duty, walking from house to house during the early hours of 2 February when he heard a strange noise, like someone moaning in pain.

It was after his dog barked that he decided to send a police call-in to his supervisor, who arrived in his bakkie.

He testified that he saw someone on the ground and upon closer inspection, he discovered it was a woman.

He saw a small pool of blood and could see her intestines.

By then police had been alerted.

The accused held his head down during proceedings and made little eye contact.

He has been charged with the 17-year-old's rape and murder.

KANA'S VERSION OF EVENTS

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

According to Kana, he and friends had been drinking and Booysen joined them.

He said the two of them then left the group and walked home.

Kana admitted he and Booysen were drunk and on the way home they began to kiss.

He claimed that Booysen fell and he then raped her. But he denied killing her.

The National Prosecuting Authority previously indicated it has a strong case against the accused and evidence linking him to the murder.