Booysen rape case begins

The four-week murder trial willl begin today in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

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

CAPE TOWN - The trial of the man accused of the brutal rape and murder of Bredasdorp teen Anene Booysen is expected to get underway today 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 eight months ago.

The case has been fast tracked, resulting in a speedy trial that has been set down to run over the next four weeks.

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 her murder.