Booysen suspect religious, says uncle

2013-02-12 17:45
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Bredasdorp - One of the men accused of killing Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen is religious and a talented sportsman, his uncle Johannes Kana said this week.

Kana said his 21-year-old nephew, who has the same name and surname, had been to England to play cricket.

"I thought when he got back here that he would do his stuff like rugby and cricket, but look where he is now."

Kana said his nephew was more like a brother to him, because they grew up in the same household, with strong religious values.

"I'm his uncle, but I've taken him on as a brother because my mom and dad raised him. My heart is sore. I was not expecting that [his arrest]. That's not how he was brought up," the 22-year-old said.

Almost two weeks ago, Booysen, 17, was gang-raped and disembowelled after visiting a nightclub.

She was found, barely alive, at the Asla construction site where she worked, not far from her RDP home. She died in hospital the next day, February 2.

Kana and Jonathan Davids, 22, were charged with Booysen's rape and murder. They would return to the Bredasdorp Magistrate's Court on February 26.

Kana's uncle said: "[Anene's death makes me] very sore. I've taken it as if it happened to my own sister."

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