Anene Booysen: Fresh evidence points to other killers

2014-04-13 15:00

Police in Bredasdorp allegedly refused to talk to an ­eyewitness in the Anene Booysen rape and murder case ­because they said she was a “drunkard”.

The eyewitness claims she saw 17-year-old Anene with four men at the building site where she was killed last ­February.

When she approached the police with her story, she says, they chased her away.

She has now given her statement to two private detectives hired by Johannes Kana’s family.

Kana is serving two life terms in a Bloemfontein prison after Swellendam circuit court Judge Patricia Goliath ruled late last year that he had raped and disembowelled Anene, and left her to die.

Other evidence uncovered by the detectives includes:

.?Five witnesses, among them the eyewitness. Two other people claim they saw men washing blood from a white car at a local cemetery the day after the murder.

.?Two other witnesses claim they picked up one of the initial suspects hitchhiking the day after the murder. He had a bundle of clothes under his arm and a scratch on his face. He allegedly told them the scratch was because of an “incident” in town the previous night. The man, whose name is known to City Press, was also allegedly looking for a bag to get rid of the clothes.

.?A statement from a police dog handler who was one of the first people on the scene.

Sergeant Jerome Timmy and his dog specialise in crime scene blood and semen detection.

His dog identified two sticks and rocks with blood on them. Timmy also found blood spatter on a wall and pieces of human tissue close by, as well as drag marks.

The sergeant said in an affidavit to the detectives that he had handed the evidence to the police investigating ­officer.

Medical evidence led during the trial revealed that Booysen was raped with an object.

The state did not submit any forensic analysis of the blood, sticks or rocks.

Timmy handed photographs of his findings to court, but it was not discussed further in testimony or in the judgment.

Private detective Sakkie Buys says there was blood on one of the initial suspect’s shoes, but it is not clear whether this was tested.

He says a woman gave another suspect’s clothes to a ­policeman in a plastic bag. It is not clear what became of those clothes.

Kana’s clothes were forensically analysed by police and no blood was found.

Kana’s family believes he is either innocent of the crime or is taking the fall for a gang, probably the notoriously violent 28s. He became a member of the 28s in prison after his ­arrest.

He confessed that he wanted sex with Anene and that when she refused, he raped her. He has always denied killing her.

“Johannes Kana might have been involved in the rape, but I don’t believe he was the only person on the scene that night. Others were also involved,” Buys says.

Buys worked with a former Bredasdorp police detective who asked for his name not to be mentioned. He says he has no doubt that there was more than one person involved in the brutal crime.

“What happened to the police’s initial gang-related ­theory? They were under enormous pressure to produce an accused and once they got Kana, they stopped looking for accomplices,” says Buys.

Western Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Novela ­Potelwa did not respond to detailed questions.

Potelwa said only that the case was investigated and ­resulted in a conviction.

Kana’s lawyer, ­Pieter du Toit, says he can’t launch a ­petition for appeal ­because he and the detectives have run out of money.

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