‘Anene was a quiet and secretive girl’

The slain teen’s foster mother described her as a quiet girl with few friends.

Corlia Olivier, the foster mother of Bredasdorp murder victim Anene Booysen.

CAPE TOWN - The foster mother of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen has described her as a quiet child who hardly went out with friends.

Corlia Olivier testified in the Swellendam Circuit Court on Monday where the trial of the accused, Johannes Kana, is being heard.

Kana is being charged with raping, mutilating and leaving 17-year-old Booysen for dead at a construction site in February.

Olivier told the court that Booysen, who she considered her own daughter, was a quiet person who chose to spend most of her time indoors watching TV.

She said the 17-year-old was very secretive, especially about her love life, adding that her foster daughter didn't have many friends.

Olivier also told the court that when she asked Anene, while in hospital, who it was that had attacked her, she replied saying it was 'Zwai' and his friends.

When Olivier was asked if her foster daughter mentioned the name Johannes Kana, she said no.

She said dealing with what had happened during the early hours of the morning of 2 February has been painful and difficult.

The court had to adjourn twice during Olivier's testimony to allow her to compose herself.

Meanwhile, two doctors, one of whom was the first to treat Booysen, are expected to give evidence today.

But KanaOliviers lawyer Pieter du Toit says the doctors' testimony would not strengthen the state's case.

"I don't think they're here to prove anything. What they will do is put on record the way that she died and the injuries that she had."

The trial resumes today.