Johannes Kana’s family claims he’s innocent

Johannes Kana received two life sentences for the rape and murder of Anene Booysen.

Johannes Kana during his sentencing in Swellendam High Court on 1 November 2013. Picture:Renee de Villiers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Family of the man convicted of the rape and murder of a Bredasdorp teenager say they are pushing ahead with their own investigation into her murder.

Johannes Kana received two life sentences for the rape and murder of Anene Booysen.

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.

Kana's family has subsequently hired a private detective who they claim has found new evidence which can prove his innocence.

But his uncle Pieter Kana says the financing of the project has not come cheap.

"Our family has come together and put together money. It's about R20,000."