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 African 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]


  1. ^ "Hundreds mourn at funeral of South Africa gang-rape victim". NDTV.com. 10 February 2013. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Swart, Heidi (15 February 2013). "Will Anene Booysen's brutal rape and murder shake the nation into action?". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Staff reporter. "South Africa's Zuma outraged at Anene Booysen gang-rape murder". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  4. ^ COSATU PRESS STATEMENTS. "Picket at the Bredasdorp Court – Rape and murder of teenager - Anene Booysen!". COSATU. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Smith, David (7 February 2013). "South African girl's gang-rape and murder triggers political outrage". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "United Nations strongly condemns the rape and murder of Anene Booysen". United Nations Information Centre Pretoria. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Annie Lennox leads Anene Booysen protest to St George's Cathedral". SABC. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 
  8. ^ Davis, Rebecca (13 December 2013). "Daily Maverick’s SA Person(s) of the year 2013: Anene Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "South Africa: Victim of brutal gangrape laid to rest". IBNLive. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  10. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Hundreds-attend-South-African-Nirbhayas-funeral/articleshow/18419217.cms
  11. ^ "South African Anene Booysen rapist jailed for life". BBC News. Retrieved 19 September 2015.