Bredasdorp remembers Anene

The Overberg town will host a series of services in honour of the teen.

Protesters gather outside the Bredasdorp Regional Court where two men appeared for allegedly gang raping, mutilating and murdering 17-year-old Anene Booysen. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen will be remembered this Sunday, exactly one year after she was raped and murdered in an attack so brutal it shocked South Africa.

A number of churches in the Overberg town will be commemorating her life at special services on Saturday.

Community leader Sam van Staden says, "We're going to remember Anene as the community of Bredasdorp. We will always respect and miss her forever and ever."

On 2 February last year, 17-year-old Booysen died after being raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in the Overberg town.

She'd succumbed to her injuries after she'd been severely assaulted and disemboweled. While she survived to name one of her attackers and to say that she was raped by five or six men, only one man was convicted for her brutal attack.

Twenty-one-year-old Johannes Kana is now serving a double life sentence in prison.

He was found guilty in the Swellendam Circuit Court late last year.

STOP RAPE

Pupils and teachers from a school in Heathfield in Cape Town have come out this morning to protest against rape and have gathered along Roscommon Road.

Dressed in their school uniforms, children as young as five-years-old are holding handmade placards.

Guided by their teachers from the Yeshua Christian Primary School, they can be seen standing along the Roscommon Road bridge.

One teacher told Eyewitness News the recent rape of a nine-year-old Delft girl has prompted them to take a stand.

He says he is tired of hearing stories about children being sexually abused when he opens the morning papers.

Several silent demonstrations organised by Lead SA are also underway at various intersections around Cape Town.

RAPE SURVIVOR HAVEN

Meanwhile, a Cape Town non-government organisation assisting rape survivors says thousands of women walk through its doors every year.

Rape Crisis has offices in Athlone, Khayelitsha and Observatory.

Staff also travel across the province to counsel women and children who are victims of sexual assault.

Rape Crisis says more than 5,000 women visit at least one of their three offices in the Western Cape annually.

In addition, the organisation fields 4,000 calls every year.

Survivors approach Rape Crisis seeking support, counseling and legal advice.

Director Kathleen Dey says they assist more than half of all Cape Town women who report such crimes.

She explains survivors need to rebuild their confidence and says the high rape rate in South Africa is fueled by drug and alcohol abuse, especially in the province.