Anene Booysen development centre to open later this year

Today marks exactly three years since the 17-year-old was raped and murdered by Johannes Kana.

FILE: Anene Booysen was gang-raped and murdered in Bredasdorp. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Anene Booysen skills development centre in Bredasdorp will officially open its doors to learners later this year.

The Department of Higher Education announced the construction of the centre following the rape and murder of the Bredasdorp teen in 2013.

Johannes Kana has been convicted and sentenced for the attack on the 17-year-old exactly three years ago today.

Chief Director for CETA co-ordination Maliviwe Lumka says R3.6 million has already been spent on learnerships in Bredasdorp.

"Part of the money has been allocated to, we are told, the Agulhas Municipality for learnerships and some skills programmes together with bursaries."

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PROMISES KEPT

Community members in Bredasdorp say many of the promises made by both local and national government following Booysen's rape and murder have been kept.

Since then, an estimated R3 million has been spent on addressing Bredasdorp's social ills including violence, alcohol abuse and unemployment.

In a bid to deal with these issues, the town now boasts a dedicated social development office, which was launched in 2014.

Community police forum and neighbourhood watch members assist police in conducting daily patrols in the Overberg town.

Despite these efforts, there has been an increase in sexual offences over the last few years.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said, "I'm very pleased with that has happened there in the last couple of years, many of the youngsters being part of our ventures and initiatives. We had sessions with our church and community leaders to get them on board for them to deal with social issues in Bredasdorp in a meaningful way."

Social Development MEC Albert Fritz says it's now up to the community to change their behaviour towards sexual offences.

"We have put the infrastructures in place, we have the competencies in place as well. That's the reason why we focus on the preventative and to get the young people to change their behaviour because the issue of behaviour is what we need to [focus on]."