Kana's life sentence 'commendable'

The double life sentence handed down to Anene Booysen's killer has been widely welcomed.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Justice Department says the courts, police and prosecutors have adopted an "aggressive stance" when dealing with cases of gender-based violence.

The double life sentence handed down to Anene Booysen's killer has been widely welcomed.

Johannes Kana raped and murdered Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen in February.

He was sentenced in the Swellendam Circuit Court this morning.

He showed no emotion as he was escorted by police from the packed courtroom.

Justice Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga says, "The aggressive stance adopted by the police, the NPA as well as the courts is commendable given the escalating rate of sexual violence against women and children."

Meanwhile, the ANC Women's League believes the sentence will send a strong message to would-be criminals that violence against women will not be tolerated.

The league's treasurer general Hlengiwe Mkhize says "It's about time that harsher sentences are given to anyone who perpetrates violence against women."

The Sonke Gender Justice Network's Mbuyiselo Botha says a community effort is needed to stop gender-based violence and it is up to everyone to play their part.

Meanwhile, Kana's lawyer Pieter du Toit has welcomed the sentence saying it is fair.

"I can't see that the judge could have given any other ruling. Once again she did a good analysis of the relevant factors. I think the crimes he was found guilty of deserve life."