Booysen suspect religious, says uncle

2013-02-12 17:45

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."

  • fef.gericke - 2013-02-12 17:52

    they always are...

      akshar.sookraj - 2013-02-12 17:59

      Well Clearly He's Good At Rape Too... So What? He Deserves To Rot!

      chris.debeer1 - 2013-02-12 18:01

      Rape and kill is not a sport!!!

      Bullet Proof - 2013-02-12 18:10

      Is Religion was very badly indoctrinated.

      sean - 2013-02-12 18:16

      What kinda God would they be worshipping I wonder?

      godfrey.welman - 2013-02-12 18:22

      Growing up with Religious values is one thing, applying those values is another, and clearly he did not.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2013-02-12 18:58

      Then hurry up, his appointment with God.

      BrainCandyCPT - 2013-02-12 19:59

      What gets up my nose is that he could, according to Christian religion, merely repent, accept that Jesus died for his sins and rose again, and he will be forgiven and go to heaven. His victim, however, might have sinned 5 minutes before dying and not had a chance to repent, so she will maar have to go to hell. Even if she begged God to help her while she was being violated, but failed to ask for forgiveness, she's doomed to an eternity of suffering. How's that fair? Surely a just, loving, omnipotent God would've foreseen the possibility of the above scenario? And seen that it is in no way fair or reasonable, or loving, or just. Surely.

      ErikaBezuidenhout - 2013-02-12 20:14

      If he was a Christian he would have not participated in this gruesome event, and would have made a plan to prevent it.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-12 20:36

      Good ol' "No true scotsman"-fallacy...

      grant.coffey.5 - 2013-02-13 05:36

      //It is amazing that Atheists like you who do not believe in GOD blame him for the problems which we ourselves have created. Not much logic there old chap. Maybe if we follow and obey god then we can expect more from him. Are you also blaming GOD for your problems?// It seems this needs explaining, again. Atheists do not believe in god. We really want to know from you believers how you think your god either: Caused the raped, because he causes everything, or Didn't cause the rape, but watched and did nothing to help. Because whichever way you paint it, your god watched the whole thing, and did nothing. Right now both the victim and the rapist followed god, how much did they expect from it? There's a fundamental flaw in xtian logic which suggests an all loving god who at minimum watches someone being brutally raped and murdered and does nothing. This is the part where you avoid the topic and go into a long winded theological spin. Proceed.

      wordis.word.1 - 2013-02-13 06:34

      Kenny, we can't blame God for anything because he doesn't exist. We can however point out that if we assume he exists he is not what people claim him to be, infact he doesn't do anything at all.

      MagdaKus - 2013-02-13 07:07

      Well- that is sort of like saying the killer of the pedestrian is also a driver like you... you get all sorts in any classifications of humanity.

  • Danie - 2013-02-12 17:57

    Question. Is the problem not that the tik koppe in the community is like their robin hoods, supporting a extensive neighborhood with their criminal activities , while the community protect them.? Then when something like this happen the community is up in arms? Should they not ensure that the tik koppe ends in jail the first time they steal , even if its from the rich across the town?

      Sasha D - 2013-02-12 18:05

      Who said anything about tik? Why are you bringing that into the picture? Nowhere in the article does it mention tik.

      zeenat.allie.16 - 2013-02-12 18:12

      What a load of b.s.

      james.cussen - 2013-02-12 19:13

      Likelihood of Tik involvement can't be ruled out.

      Sasha D - 2013-02-12 19:43

      James so what if he did tik. Many people do tik and don't end up raping or killing people. Yes it's probably not doing your brain any favors, but it doesn't MAKE you rape and kill people. Only a sick mind can do that! People must stop trying to lay the blame for his actions elsewhere. If HE did it then HE will face the repercussions of his actions. Whether or not he took drugs or alcohol is besides the point.

      ErikaBezuidenhout - 2013-02-12 20:17

      I have to agree with you because no sober person can do something like that unless you are truly pshycotic.

      Bruning_ - 2013-02-13 08:45

      Erica - Thousands of similar atrocities were perpetrated in the name of christianity on innocent victims by dead sober fanatical christians over the past 2000 years. Somehow they don't figure in your equation?

  • ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-02-12 17:58

    Religious. Why am I not surprised.

      david.broadfoot2 - 2013-02-12 18:10

      If he s religious , then he believes in Heaven Hell. So let him go taste the latter.

      wordis.word.1 - 2013-02-13 06:38

      David, he will most likely ask for forgiveness and end up in heaven right next to you and all the other reborn rapists.

  • Lyndatjie - 2013-02-12 18:00

    Well no family member will EVER admit to failing in their duty to bring up a model citizen.... Sorry - but I'm feeling VERY bitter about this poor child's death and have lost all my ability to feel empathy for scumbags.

  • peasant.mcpoor - 2013-02-12 18:05

    Well- a good god was not there on that night. Good gods are so hard to find. That greek god of wine- dyonisis or something like that. Now that's a great god!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-12 18:26

      A peasant you are and a peasant you will stay...

  • gareth6pike - 2013-02-12 18:06

    These are very ignorant people, good god

      gert_swart - 2013-02-12 18:38

      No, evil people worshipping a non-existent, genocidal monster (god).

  • shermanm.amos.9 - 2013-02-12 18:09

    The devil was also religious

      raymond.buis.3 - 2013-02-12 18:23


      gert_swart - 2013-02-12 18:37

      According to the bible, god created evil also. so, blame god!

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2013-02-12 18:49

      According to the bible, all sorts of weird, illogical, nonsensical crap is believed.

      grant.coffey.5 - 2013-02-13 06:25

      //The devil was also religious// And technically still a believer.

  • fred.potgieter.92 - 2013-02-12 18:17

    With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion. - Steven Weinberg

  • MarkH - 2013-02-12 18:20

    They're all religious, and talented, afterwards.

  • vaneshree.pillay.79 - 2013-02-12 18:21

    I was just thinking/wondering...why is it that I can freely walk around an Indian neighbourhood and not feel like I would be raped and killed by the South African Indian men. There is poverty in the Indian neighbourhoods. There is drugs in the Indian neighbourhood. There is unemployment, theft and everything that goes with low-income areas...but I don't believe there is fear that an Indian man is going to rape and kill (except for that horrible Donovan case). Walking pass a gang of Indian boys is vastly different than walking pass a gang of boys from other cultures in South Africa. I know, race is a sensitive topic. But it is not race I am talking Indian men in India rape, kill and burn. No longer can we blame poverty and unemployment for South Africa's ills. It is a cultural sickness and sickness of the mind. It is the values these men are taught.

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-02-12 18:28


      Sasha D - 2013-02-12 20:57

      I agree with your comment 100% Vaneshree. These are mentally unstable people that need some kind of professional medical/psychological treatment and yet their plight goes on unnoticed or ignored by the authorities. People who are sound of mind do not do these things regardless of their background or whether they have taken substances. When will the government and communities start to identify these people early on so that they can get treatment BEFORE they get the chance to commit these heinous crimes?

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-13 07:26

      "No longer can we blame poverty and unemployment for South Africa's ills." Well said, there are more than 80 white squatter camps in and around Pretoria and roughly the same amount in and around VanderBilj, and yet you don't read about these violent rapes there just as not from the Indian communities. Poverty is not to blame, social backgrounds and tradition is, or lack there of.

  • Killbot79 - 2013-02-12 18:26

    So does that exempt you from committing crime?

  • lulu.shezi - 2013-02-12 18:30

    this proves that not all rapists are dark,nasty,drug smoking thugs as portayed...imagine...disgusting

      madmountain - 2013-02-12 18:43

      Hi Lulu, actually all rapists are dark, nasty thugs, but just not necessarily drug smoking.

      calvin.mbhele - 2013-02-12 18:56

      Sunday rapist? Oh ya,he is very dark. Even these 2coloured boys are very dark that's why they murdered a half black half white Anene

  • gert_swart - 2013-02-12 18:36

    I thought so. Religion is degrading the humans' moral values down to that of its' gods.

  • Peter Zylstra - 2013-02-12 18:38

    Islamic fundamentalists are also religeous and look what they do!

      Robert Frankol - 2013-02-12 19:07

      Spot on Peter

      rianasemail - 2013-02-12 20:22

      Yes, fathers raping and sodomizing their 5 or 7 year old daughter because he was not convinced she's a virgin, he even burned her anus 'closed', my god! religion makes me PUKE

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-13 08:48

      Kenny, that is because most christians don't follow most of the bible...

      LanfearM - 2013-02-13 09:35

      @ kenny.williams - didn't you know that it is ok to rape in the bible? "If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her." - Deuteronomy 22:28-29 So joy for the woman, to be married to her rapist for the rest of her life. The bible is immoral, by today's standards at the least.

      gemma.vandermerwe - 2013-02-13 10:05

      @Kenny Have you read and studied your bible? Go read your bible from beginning to end. That is what you will find in your "Word"

  • bruce.gauld.5 - 2013-02-12 18:41

    What religion was that? SATANISM??? Oh yeah, veeery religious. Off with his head already!!!!

  • rianasemail - 2013-02-12 18:44

    dis juis hierdie religious twak wat sulke gru wandade aanhits, se julle bybel nie dat n vader sy dogter moet laat verkrag vir engele nie? en die christen sanger wie se vrou in PTA verkrag is, sy is n bruid van jesus so toemaar, bly le en word verkrag want jy is my bruid? people people people

      wordis.word.1 - 2013-02-13 06:41

      You can do what you want, just make sure you say sorry to jesus afterwards and it will be fine. #Religion of hypocrites

  • bcluley - 2013-02-12 18:52

    Tuk turns anyone into a devil

      Sasha D - 2013-02-12 21:00

      Not true. There are many good people who are addicted to tik. Daughters and sons. Your comment is hurtful, illogical and unnecessary.

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-02-13 07:29

      Sorry but I believe alcohol and drugs bring the true person out, no drugs can make you rape or murder someone if the idea is not in you already.

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-02-12 18:55

    Your nephew is multi talented indeed, he can rape and kill as well.. . Today hes exactly where he should for the rest of his life. . .you forced him to that religious you talking

  • Robert Frankol - 2013-02-12 19:01 I've heard it all. What a bunch of clowns!!!

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2013-02-12 19:07

    since we dont have the death penalty, pls put these animals in jail for life. To the husbands out there ,if ur wife says not today,that means no,regardless of how much lobola you have paid

      vaneshree.pillay.79 - 2013-02-14 18:33

      I agree with you with the NO is NO. Although, I do not think we should EVER have the death penalty in our country. the government has proven to be immoral, corrupt and unlawful in many cases. Such a system cannot be trusted with the decision of life and death. Death penalty in SA would be a disaster. Just think if we had INNOCENT sons that faced a corrupt government's death penalty.

  • alexandra.edwards.944 - 2013-02-12 19:28

    Glad i was not brought up with his religious beliefs

  • simon.selahla - 2013-02-12 19:31

    Unfortunately Mr Uncle you have raised the monster who have shocked the World, he is fortunate that our country is still a bid lenient to murderers other wise he was supposed to die too!

  • Bob - 2013-02-12 19:35

    Religious? I wondered how they could commit such a heinous crime... now it all makes sense!

  • tlotlo.phele - 2013-02-12 19:36

    Thou shall not kill

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-12 20:40

      Thou shalt not eat shrimp... Thou shall not eat bacon...

  • ria.visser.378 - 2013-02-12 19:37

    Hoekom is almal altyd gelowig as hul in die tronk beland, veral as hul deel was van so 'n erge misdaad! Lees jou 10 gebooie jou vark, jy MAG NIE doodslaan nie wat nog te se van rape. Klipchristen dis wat hy is. Mag jy vrot in die tronk. Dan sal ons sien of die duiwel jou gaan kom red. Wat moes daai arme kind nie deurgemaak het toe jul so barbaars was nie, of sy nou in die pub dronk was of wat, jul het geen reg om iemand se liggaam so te skend nie. Onthou net God slaap nie, moenie altyd die drank en dwelms die skuld gee nie. Jul HET presies geweet wat jul doen jul gemors barbaarse varke. Mag jul gewete jul ry tot by Daantjie in die kalwerhok en jul geen rus kry nie.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-02-12 19:57

      Dunno Ria, rape was a pretty useful tool for the Isrealites in the old testament. Anyway - if god was so powerful and had the power over good and evil, why doesn't he just stop it all. Seems like the most sensible thing for a kind and loving god to do.

      wordis.word.1 - 2013-02-13 06:44

      Ria, unfortunately your loving, "just" god has probably already forgiven him. Too bad for you, you'll have to focus your bloodlust on someone else.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2013-02-12 19:45

    All the monsters are religious and if you don't believe me look at them when they get caught and appear in court. They all clutch the bible. So please, Mr Uncle tell us something we don't know. If you cared, if you know the meaning of that, you should be crying with all of us and the whole world over the evil and the unspeakable cruelty your so-called religious nephew and his equally twisted minded friends. Kg you have nothing better to say just forever hold your breath. In your nephew you raised an evil monster which makes Adolf Hitler looks like a saint.

  • mantsho.tlali - 2013-02-12 19:48

    He was nothing but a Satan Freak, its just the Uncle didn't know. This boys deserves Death nothing else.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-12 20:41

      What makes people think he was a satanist? Did they find a pentacle on him or something...

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-02-12 20:43

      Atheitis, And I bet you don't believe in Santa Clause either!!

      wordis.word.1 - 2013-02-13 06:46

      Poor kenny doesn't understand that it's possible to speak hypothetically about something.

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-13 08:50

      We are not slandering god, kenny. We are ridiculing your idea of a god.

      gemma.vandermerwe - 2013-02-13 15:33

      @Kenny Google the following: atheist Then: anti-theist and then see if you can figure out how an atheist can also be an anti-theist

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2013-02-12 19:50

    His religion is not mentioned but most religions prescribe the death penalty for these crimes. Luckily for him the death penalty is out so he should accept a life term in order to conform to his religion.

  • Thilivhali Fitzgerald - 2013-02-12 20:34

    then thats cult

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-12 20:43

      Cult, religion...what's the difference?

  • nyikamn - 2013-02-12 20:39

    Adolf Hitler was a very much religious person also.

  • jabu.vdberg - 2013-02-12 21:19

    Death penalty,that wil work,but no,our country believes in the rights of criminals before victims,well done south africa,bring back the death penalty,it is a joke,it is true that in south africa crime does pay,that's why people just keep on doing it,because nothing happens to the guilty,well done!our goverment is the best,crime promoters!!!

  • CarolynDewrance - 2013-02-12 22:05

    So if he quotes the bible, and knocks cricket balls around does this give him the right to knock a woman around and kill her.

  • Pierre Jansen - 2013-02-12 22:26

    funny how atheists always have to attack other peoples religions..when they self claim that Christians attack everyone else...

      davieoosie - 2013-02-12 23:54

      Pierre, he only attacks the christian belief. Wonder why? What makes it so special?

      SarcasticHeathen - 2013-02-13 08:51

      Maybe it has something to do with christianity being the most prevalent religion in this country....

      gemma.vandermerwe - 2013-02-13 15:39

      @davieoosie. The reason atheists in South Africa and the west "attack" christian beliefs are not because they are "so special", but because that is what we know. Most of us grew up in "christian homes". Futhermore it will feel to you like the focus is on you only, but that is purely because you only move in christian circles. If you were to comment on, let's say, muslim/islamic forums you would notice that the atrocities by those believers are attacked in equal measure.

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  • Shane Prins - 2013-02-12 23:07

    the trial has not even started, and people have already convicted these guys. who says there were two or more attackers? could the victim have been referring to someone else by the same name as the accused? can these accused really get a fair trial, the same as everyone posting here would expect, were they to be accused of a crime? i doubt it...

  • rod.baker.376 - 2013-02-13 05:59

    So was Gerd van Rooyen - that swine who abducted, raped and murdered young girls. Religion no proof against evil.

  • beth.cameron.94 - 2013-02-13 07:00

    ... yes and, so was Hansie Cronje!

  • martin.meyer.902819 - 2013-02-13 07:35

    So many of you missing the point - rapists are amongst us in this country. It is not people we can point out - 'oh that guy is a rapist' it is our brothers, friends uncles, people we think are good and pure, who are also committing this crime. South Africa is in a crisis, and we as men have to sit down and discuss it with each other open and honestly. We have to find the root of this problem, and find solutions together. We can no longer tolerate a situation where men pay others to rape their ex-wives, where youngsters rape and mutilate some one, where women are raped because they are lesbian. We have to be honest with each other - many of us have pre-conceived ideas what a rapist look like, who rapes, but the rapists are among us, and we have to acknowledge this, before we can correct this. Let us now, fathers, teach our sons to respect women. Let us teach our sons about finding empowerment within themselves, and not by forcing their powers on to others. Let us stop this culture of self indulgence that is prevalent today. And let us make our country safe for our sisters and daughters and mothers once more.

  • gregory.nell.7 - 2013-02-13 08:41

    Religion, drugs and all kinds of excuses made for the crime that has being committed how pathetic u are to use this crime to promote your own agenda's crime is crime you are F#cken pathetic.

      Sasha D - 2013-02-13 09:24

      Agreed! I think we can all accept that regardless of religion, drugs, alcohol, etc. violent crime is first and foremost the product of a sick mind. Nothing more nothing less. Deal with it and stop making excuses for these people. Mentally unstable people need to be helped or at the very least sectioned somewhere safe where they cannot harm society and where society cannot pressure them into doing horrible things to others.

  • ashleigh.moller.7 - 2013-02-13 08:54

    Its called Free Will People! That's what God gave us! What you choose to do with it you will be answerable for! So don't turn this whole story on Religious Views, its about people choosing to go down the wrong path instead of the right!

      Sasha D - 2013-02-13 09:30

      It is really not that simple Ashleigh. You are over simplifying a very complex issue. Do you think mentally sick individuals really know the difference between good and bad? Personally I doubt it even enters into their minds. Have you ever tried to reason with a crazy person? I have and believe me it is head-against-wall bangingly frustrating when you fail to make any progress. These people are ignored by society and the government when they should be identified for their threat potential like they do in overseas countries. Someone who is suspected of not being quite right in the head is sectioned (removed from society and put into a safe place for medication and observation purposes). This needs to happen before the crimes are committed otherwise what is the point? Prevention is better than cure as they say.

      grant.coffey.5 - 2013-02-13 17:56

      //So don't turn this whole story on Religious Views// No actually it's not turning the whole story it's merely re-iterating the point we have been trying to get through for years: being religious has no moral benefit, a believer is in no superior moral position at all.

  • Bruning_ - 2013-02-13 08:55

    Well if all those possible causes have been ruled out- the only remaining culprit is christianity. Most probably fueled by the inane idea that you are absolved of all your culpability by mumbling a few words to a non existent "god".

  • mlungisi.kunene - 2013-02-13 09:03

    i don't care whether he is baptized or top goal scorer in his league...he has to face the law..

  • Marietjie.martin05 - 2013-02-13 11:30

    All the God hating ppl u must think before u speak!! U dnt knw what u talking about.....

      grant.coffey.5 - 2013-02-13 17:54

      //All the God hating ppl u must think before u speak!! U dnt knw what u talking about.// Well actually since you lot are the ones claiming moral superiority because of your beliefs you might want to explain to us how this incident occurred between two believers. Oh, without using the phrase "Real Christian TM"

  • grant.coffey.5 - 2013-02-13 18:01

    In case anyone still thinks that religion played no part in this violence, please read this revolting piece from a Christian in context of what happened to Anene Booysen: What will this kind of obsessive blood-lust do to a sick mind?

  • jake.muso.9 - 2013-02-15 09:14

    I get it, he's religious and all, but quite frankly if he got raped, and sexually assaulted with a broken glass bottle, his legs and fingers broken, and disemboweled today and left for dead, I wouldn't give a damn. What they did to her was all but religious...

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