Booysen: unknown number of assailants

Dr Elizabeth De Kock was unable to say how many people were behind Anene Booysen’s brutal attack.

The trial of the man charged with Anene Booysen’s rape and murder is underway in the Swellendam Circuit Court. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - One of the doctors who treated Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen shortly after she was savagely attacked testified on Tuesday that she was unable to determine how many assailants were behind the incident.

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in the small town in February this year.

The attack was so brutal it captured the attention of South Africans and rape activists nationwide.

The trial of the man charged with her rape and murder is currently underway in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

Johannes Kana has confessed to Booysen's rape but maintains that he did not kill her.

Doctor Elizabeth De Kock on Tuesday testified she could not tell if the injuries sustained by the 17-year-old were inflicted by one person.

De Kock, who was the first to treat the teenager at a Bredasdorp hospital, said a sharp object may have been used to mutilate her.

Meanwhile, trauma unit Doctor Liezl Taylor told the court that in her entire 10-year career she had never seen the type of gruesome injuries sustained by Booysen.

She said Booysen was severely traumatised and in a lot of pain.

Taylor testified that while they tried everything they could to save the teenager, she knew Anene would not survive.


The accused's girlfriend also testified she broke up with him after his arrest.

She said he told her he was sorry and asked her to pass the message on to her parents and his friends.

Kana looked uncomfortable and kept his head down during her testimony.