South African man gets life for brutal rape, murder

1st November 2013, Comments 0 comments

A South African court on Friday sentenced a 21-year-old man to two life terms in prison for his role in the gang-rape and murder of a teenage girl that shocked the country.

A court sentenced Johannes Kana for the brutal murder of 17-year-old Anene Booysen, who was found disembowelled at a construction site east of Cape Town in February.

She was attacked after visiting a pub and found by a security guard and later died in hospital.

Kana pleaded guilty to punching, kicking and raping Booysen, but denied killing her.

He also denied causing "extensive genital injuries" which, according to prosecutors, caused "her intestines to protrude from her genital area and, ultimately, caused her death".

Before her death Booysen had reportedly named a number of her attackers, but charges were dropped against two other suspects for lack of evidence.

Booysen's rape and murder sparked an outcry in South Africa where around 65,000 sexual offences are committed a year, according to official figures.

But police estimate that only one in 36 rape cases gets reported.

President Jacob Zuma described the attack on Booysen as "shocking, cruel and most inhumane".

"We must never allow ourselves to get used to these acts of base criminality to our women and children."

The National Prosecuting Authority welcomed Friday's sentencing, describing it as a victory for victims of sexual violence across the country.

"We know it will not be able to bring back Anene Booysen or lessen what happened to her," said the authority's spokesman, Eric Ntabazalila.

The 21-year-old perpetrator will serve his terms concurrently.


© 2013 AFP

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