Anene Booysen: One year later

The 17-year-old was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in Bredasdorp.

Anene Booysen was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in Bredasdorp on 2 February 2013. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - South Africa is remembering Bredasdorp teenager

Anene Booysen exactly one year after her rape and murder shocked the world.

The 17-year-old was raped, mutilated and left for dead at a construction site in Bredasdorp.

The brutal attack sparked a national debate and highlighted the country's high levels of violence against women and children.

Since then, activists have tried to turn the attack into a national talking point to help reduce the alarming number of rapes in the country each year.

A remembrance service is expected to be held today to mark the anniversary of Booysen's death.


Meanwhile, several Bredasdorp residents gathered yesterday at the Church of the Holy Spirit to pay tribute to Booysen.

The teenager's life was celebrated as people sang and prayed.

Community members said they'll never forget Booysen and believe her memory will live on.

Lucy Bell, Booysen's former primary school teacher, said it saddens her to think that one of her pupils died in such a brutal manner.

"Her memory will definitely always live on in Bredasdorp and we will never forget what happened to her."

Local Anglican minister Andre du Plooy said the community must fight to keep Booysen's memory alive.

"Sexual violence against women has become a watershed in our community."

Community leaders used Booysen's memorial service as an opportunity to encourage residents to speak out against the scourge of violence against women and children.

Community leaders and police said residents have been turning a blind eye to gender based violence within their community for far too long.

Bredasdorp Mayor Richard Mitchell said community members must speak up and play a role in stopping gender based violence.

"People who know about such incidents, including victims, must come forward and report them."

Bredasdorp police's Maree Louw echoed Mitchell's call and said community members mustn't be afraid to reporting such crimes to the authorities.


It was during the early hours of the morning on 2 February 2013 that Booysen left a pub in Bredasdorp where she and her friends had been enjoying a night out.

She left with Johannes Kana, the man later convicted of her rape and murder.

In a confession, Kana said he and Booysen had been walking near the construction site when they began kissing.

But when Booysen pushed him away, Kana turned violent.

Booysen was later discovered in a pool of her own blood with her intestines hanging out of her mutilated body.

The doctors who treated her described her injuries as the worst they had ever seen in their careers.

Booysen died in the Tygerberg Hospital six hours after she was found.

Nine months later, Kana was found guilty in the Swellendam Circuit Court of Booysen's rape and murder.

He is now serving a double life sentence in prison for the crime.

The sentence was widely welcomed.

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