Victim of brutal gang rape identified attackers before dying

2013-02-08 00:00

BREDASDORP — “Mom, mom, help me.”

This was the cry of the seriously injured Anene Booysen (17) to her foster mother as she lay in hospital after being after gang-raped.

Anene died on Saturday, hours after giving Corlia Olivier (40) the name of her attacker, saying it was he “and his friends who hurt me”.

“My child’s face was broken and part of her intestines was lying on the bed,” said Olivier yesterday.

“I held her hand. She told me she was in pain and tired.”

She named her attackers as she drifted in and out of consciousness.

Politicians and other leaders reacted to the brutal attack with fury yesterday.

President Jacob Zuma said Anene’s rapists and murderers must get the heaviest possible sentences “as part of a concerted campaign to end this scourge in our society”.

The ANC Women’s League would call for a national commission of inquiry into gender-based violence “in order to develop a national strategy to eradicate rape from South African society”, said spokesperson Troye Martins.

Police announced that they had arrested two men for the attack.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday evening, said Western Cape police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk. Sister paper Die Burger learnt that the man’s car was searched on Tuesday. A 22-year-old man, reportedly Anene’s ex-boyfriend, appeared in court on Tuesday in connection with the attack.

Anene was taken out of school after Grade 7 and sometimes did contract work. Builders at the construction site where she was brutalised said she recently worked for a few months at another construction site in the town.

Yesterday, on the dusty ground, a white button, a purple elastic hair tie and a few drops of blood were the evidence of the attack. The builders on the site said they were Anene’s.

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