Rape and murder of Anene Booysen

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Anene Booysen (October 30, 1995 – February 2, 2013) was a 17-year-old girl who was found by a security guard the morning after she had been gang-raped and disemboweled by having her abdomen slit open at a construction site in Bredasdorp, in the Western Cape, South Africa on February 2, 2013; she was still alive, but died later in the day.[1]

Rape and murder[edit]

Anene Booysen was found by a security guard lying a short distance from her house after partying at a bar on the evening of February 1, 2013. She died from her injuries in hospital six hours later. She managed to identify one of her attackers before her death.[2]


South Africa's President Jacob Zuma condemned the attack as "shocking, cruel and most inhumane".[3] The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), South Africa's biggest labour union, called for mass action over rape in South Africa.[3][4] Opposition parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko called for parliamentary hearings.[5] The United Nations issued a statement strongly condemning the rape and murder.[6] On 13 February, a protest, led by Annie Lennox, was staged at St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town.[7]

Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp, both young South Africa women killed in 2013, were named SA Persons of the year 2013 by the Daily Maverick.[8]


A funeral was held at the Dutch Reformed Church in Bredasdorp, about 128 km east of Cape Town on February 9, 2013.[9][10]


Johannes Kana was convicted for the crime, and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.[11]