Booysen’s foster mom takes the stand

Corlia Olivier takes the stand as the case against Johannes Kana enters its second week.

Police keep an eye during Johannes Kana’s court appearance on 7 October 2013. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Anene Booysen's foster mother has told the court she and her daughter had an argument on the eve of her rape and murder.

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in Bredasdorp in February this year. Her attack was so brutal it caused outrage nationwide.

Corlia Olivier has taken the stand in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

The trial of Johannes Kana, accused of raping and killing the 17-year-old, has entered its second week.

Shortly after stepping into the witness box, Olivier broke down in tears and Judge Patricia Goliath quickly adjourned court proceedings.

Once compsed, Olivier testified that she thought of Anene as her own daughter.

She told the court she raised the teenager since she was three-year's old.

When quizzed about the fateful night that Booysen was killed, Olivier testified that Anene had asked her permission to go to the pub and was allowed to go on the condition that she returned home by 10pm.

Olivier said that when her daughter failed to return home she went to the pub, where they got into a heated argument.

She admitted to leaving Anene at the drinking spot.

But Olivier again started crying when asked about Booysen's death.