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Bredasdorp hit by another child murder

The body of a 14-year-old girl was found hidden underneath a bed in a shack in the area.

FILE: 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 - The Western Cape town of Bredasdorp has been rocked by yet another child murder.

The body of a 14-year-old girl was found rolled in a blanket and hidden underneath a bed in a shack in the Zweletsha informal settlement yesterday.

The police's Andre Traut says an arrest was made shortly after the gruesome discovery.

"A 27-year-old man was arrested on a charge of murder following the discovery of the body of a 14-year-old at the residence they were sharing in the Bredasdorp area. The man is due to make a court appearance soon."

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says he's horrified by the murder of the Bredasdorp teenager at the start of child protection week.

"We will find more information about it. But to say during this period when we are supposed to protect our children another child died in an area like Bredasdorp, which is notorious for the kinds of horrible murders and rapes of young children."

This comes just a few months after the rape and murder of five-year-old Kayde Williams.

Williams disappeared while walking to her grandmother's home in February.

Her body was found in bushes in the area shortly after her disappearance.

It was revealed that she had been raped. Police further revealed the girl sustained severe head injuries.

Meanwhile, another teenager Anene Booysen was murdered in Feburary 2013.

Her killing sparked a national outcry as the shockingly high prevalence of violence against children was once again thrust into the spotlight.

The Bredasdorp community said the Booysen incident was a painful reminder of how vulnerable women and children are to sexual violence.

On 2 February 2013 the 17-year-old's disembowelled body was found by a security guard on a construction site in the area.

She had been left for dead, but later died in hospital.

Johannes Kana is serving a double life sentence for her rape and murder.

Community leader, Andre Du Plooy said, "When crimes like rape happen in a community, people continue asking questions over the crime and why the crime still happens."

The most recent crime statistics show 35 sexual offences were reported at the Bredasdorp police station over the last year.

EVENTS LEADING UP TO BOOYSEN'S MURDER

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

She had left with Kana.

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.

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