Kana sentenced to double life

Johannes Kana has been sentenced to double life for Anene Booysen’s rape and murder.

Johannes Kana in the dock during sentencing at Swellendam High Court. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Johannes Kana has received a double life sentence for the rape and murder of Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen.

Handing down the sentence at the Swellendam Circuit Court, Judge Patricia Goliath said Kana had demonstrated no remorse for the crimes.

The judge added says that Kana acted against Booysen without hesitation or conscience.

Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead in February after spending an evening drinking with friends at a local pub.

Kallies Pub, where Anene and Kana had been drinking with friends. Picture: EWN

The three-week long trial included testimonies from the two doctors who examined the 17-year-old and the security guard who discovered her in a pool of her own blood in a deserted construction site in the small town.

Upon discovery Booysen's intestines were hanging out from her body; it was later revealed a sharp object was used to mutilate her.

Convicted rapist and murderer Johannes Kana ahead of sentencing. Picture: EWN.

He was found guilty of Anene's rape and murder earlier this week despite his denial that he killed her.

He did however, in a confession, admit that he had kicked, punched and raped her.

Booysen's brutal attack sparked outrage throughout South Africa and even prompted President Jacob Zuma to mention the incident in his State of the Nation Address earlier this year.

It was initially reported the 17-year-old's attack has been a gang-rape but it was later revealed Kana was solely responsible.

Both Kana and Booysen's families were present during court proceedings in the Swellendam Circuit Court.

Community members wait outside the Swellendam Circuit Court. Picture: EWN.

Before court proceedings, when asked how he feels ahead of his sentencing, Kana said he knows he is not guilty. He could also been smiling and chatting to relatives.

For an account of how the trial unfolded ahead of Kana's sentencing click here