Booysen case: Community unites

A Bredasdorp leader says the case has not divided the community, but rather united it.

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

CAPE TOWN - Some Bredasdorp residents say the trial of Johannes Kana, who has been charged with the rape and murder of Anene Booysen, has not divided the town.

In a dramatic turn on Monday, key evidence presented by the state, which was collected while the accused was pointing out the crime scene, was declared inadmissible.

The defence and state disputed whether Kana's rights were infringed upon, resulting in a trial within a trial.

A police officer had testified while she did not read Kana his rights verbatim, she made sure he understood them and that they were protected.

Booysen was attacked, mutilated and left for dead after drinking with friends at a local pub in February this year.

She was discovered by a security guard on duty who has since testified.

Community leader Sam Van Staden says, "This court case has really united us. That's why we are here with both Kana and Booysen's families so that we are united. We'll pray for that court case and we hope that justice will come."

Meanwhile, Kana's lawyer Pieter du Toit says Monday's ruling regarding the inadmissibility of key evidence is a victory.

"I think it was bona fide mistake, that's all. But because something was a bona fide mistake doesn't mean that we must then allow my client's Constitutional rights to be infringed upon."