Hundreds attend Anene Booysen funeral

2013-02-09 16:37

Johannesburg - Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Bredasdorp for the funeral of a 17-year-old girl whose brutal rape has sparked national outrage.

The funeral took place on Saturday in in the Western Cape town. It is there where the girl was raped and her body was carved open from her stomach to her genitals by her attackers. She lived long enough to identify one of her killers.

Mourners carried her white coffin, adorned with flowers, to be buried. Family members openly wept during the funeral service, attended by government leaders and activists.

Three men, including her former ex-boyfriend, have been arrested over her death and are scheduled to appear in court Monday.

The attack has sparked calls from President Jacob Zuma to stop the high incidence of rapes in the nation.


  • princess.nguni - 2013-02-09 16:50

    WE ARE ALL ANENE BOOYSENS - REST IN PEACE! May our beloved country find healing and start caring for its women!

      lownabester - 2013-02-09 17:23

      I hope the same people will be there on friday for the march, I am going. RIP, Anene.

      princess.nguni - 2013-02-09 17:30

      march where? I'm in GP... I want to be there.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 18:55

      nel.westhuizen - 2013-02-09 19:00

      Well said Princess.

      lownabester - 2013-02-09 19:04

      The march will be on friday in Bredasdorp.

      princess.nguni - 2013-02-09 20:23

      Represent us all... Scream loud on our behalf... Any one of us could be next. Maybe the rest of us could pick a colour to wear nation-wide in solidarity. This Friday and every Friday. Our streets are running red with our women's blood... What do you think? Could we try? Could we spread this message? Our streets and our boardrooms need to be united? Could we call morning live and every other talk show and ask them to come on board! Newspapers... On Friday... Could they dedicate their billiboards to this cause? Simple messages. I AM ANENE... I AM MOTHER TO ANENE... ANENE WAS MY SISTER... ANENE WAS MY DAUGHTER... ANENE WAS MY FRIEND. Knowing how the media loves to keep us 'entertained', in a week she will be another statistic... We must prevent that. This incident must be the last straw. If you are reading this and you print flags, print some for our cars... We can ask a company (say Pick n Pay or whoever to stock them by the isles and ensure proceeds go to shelters for rape victims). Print t-shirts... ANYTHING! EVERYTHING! CAN WE??? Or am I living in a dream world?

      Perfume5 - 2013-02-09 21:25

      Princess I'm in KZN and I like what you said below, Anene, little Ofentse Mogale (11) also raped and murdered, her funeral was today, the granny that was raped and her rapist was found sleeping next o her. And many other babies, little girls, teenagers, mothers and the elderly are being raped every day because the rapists are given free reign and rights in this country. We need to continue shouting until we are heard, we need to become the voice in the crowd. You should post what you mentioned on Twitter using #StopRape #DearANene #AneneBooysen so that many are aware of what you said, even post it on FB, the more we campaign more people will begin to see the seriousness. Anyone of us can become another Anene, Ofentse and the many other brutal rapes and murders that are not reported. Enough is enough, it is time for us to snatch our country back from the rapists and murderers. Share your insight with as many media coverage as possible, include LeadSA as well. There is a poster on Twitter that I want printed on a T-Shirt that will be advertisement as well. Anene, Ofentse and many others death should not be in vain.

  • cecile.oreillylombard - 2013-02-09 16:59

    My personal feeling is that rapists must receive chemical castration and put on a rapists register to ensure they are named and shamed. The next harsh sentence (death sentence) is unfortunately not an option. The sooner they know raping is no longer an option I am sure this madness against girls and women will stop. Let's create an Anene Booysen Castration Law!

      una.west.9 - 2013-02-09 17:13

      Something must be done for sure, this is becoming an epidemic

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-02-09 17:57

      Life Imprisonment without the possibility of parole. We do not want these people back amongst us, ever. Registers do not work, chemical castration doesn't work, all the 'cures' just re-direct the deviancy. There is no known cure and until there is, we do not want them back.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 18:56

      hilton.rudman - 2013-02-09 19:38

      @guida.d.abreu: I am familiar with Avaaz but I refuse to sign a petition that calls for the death penalty. As Cecile said, the death sentence is not an option and other options do exist. The death sentence has also been abolished in many countries: That petition won't have any success unless the request for reinstating the death penalty is changed to other harsher punishments.

      hilton.rudman - 2013-02-09 20:00

      An interesting excerpt from : Life Without Parole is a Sensible Alternative to the Death Penalty. In every US state that retains the death penalty, jurors have the option of sentencing convicted capital murderers to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence is cheaper to tax-payers and keeps violent offenders off the streets for good. Unlike the death penalty, a sentence of Life Without Parole also allows mistakes to be corrected. There are currently over 3,300 people in California who have received this alternative sentence, which also has a more limited appeals process last approximately 3 years. According to the California Governor's Office, only seven people sentenced to life without parole have been released since the state provided for this option in 1977, and this occurred because they were able to prove their innocence.

      sumarivd - 2013-02-10 00:49

      Only problem is we as TAX payers are then going to pay for their prison time and their disability cheque if they get castrated...personally i think they should be placed in desert prison where they have to sustain themselves or die of dehydration if they try to escaped... Or a engineless ship in the shark invested cape waters... Helicopter can drop them supplies every now and then

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-02-11 00:46

      Hilton, If you are happy for your tax money to be WASTED on rapists then that is fine by me. But I would rather see them hung up by their nuts and left to dry out!! My tax money can be better utilised than on criminals!!

      hilton.rudman - 2013-02-11 10:26

      @silvia.vaneck2: Trust me, I would love to see these perpetrators hanged, injected or subjected to mob justice. I just seriously doubt that it will happen. The last option won't use any tax money either :)

  • Mathabo Maphosa - 2013-02-09 17:02

    my bible says, thou shall not commit murder but now its time SA reintroduce death penalty. such behaviour cant not go on i have had enough

      phillistus.makola.7 - 2013-02-09 17:15

      there's nothing than to bring back the death sentence.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 18:56

  • jenny.vanzyl.90 - 2013-02-09 17:10

    ons meegevoel aan haar ouers vriende en familie .....woorde is daar nie meer nie !!

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-02-09 17:11

    RIP my sister...

      Ingrid Davey - 2013-02-09 17:42

      Mine and this crime-ridden country's condolances to you and your family. We cannot begin to feel your pain and hatred for these scumbags, who call themselves your friends. RIP Anene, the angels will receive you with open arms and may you lie peacefully in God's arms

  • bilal.osman.984 - 2013-02-09 17:12

    If this doesn't justify hanging then nothing will!!!!!

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 18:57

  • antonie.cblintvelt - 2013-02-09 17:15

    No penalty from law could ever punish these guys enough. They (who ever is gualty) are the scum of the earth and any prison term is to good for them. Prison doesn't seem to scare criminals anymore. Maybe death penalty should be reconsidered by Goverment to get control of the crime situation. What's happening to morality? :-(

  • frlkmoeta - 2013-02-09 17:15

    May her soul Rest In Peace!!!

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-09 17:15

    I feel so sorry for her family and what she went threw, she was there, the pain the humiliation and worst of all knowing the people who were doing it to her. MY mother use to say that if you pull a face and the clock strikes twelfth, your face will stay like that. My wish is that if a man (no rubbish) think about raping, his hand will get stuck to his pants for a week, and people will know what he was thinking.

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2013-02-09 18:29

      What to do, I do not know!! Maybe hang one or too on Church Square, and everybody can see what is going on, this might help.

  • alex.m.donald.75 - 2013-02-09 17:26

    What's going to possibly change in our country with regards to rape when our own president set the precidence of getting away after being accused of rape! Disgusting pigs should have their parts sliced off and be left to rot in jail. May Anenes soul rest in peace!

      michael.jackwood - 2013-02-09 17:42

      It was proven beyond any reasonable doubt that the president did not rape anyone, if you Alex can be accused of rape you did not commit, that does not make you a rapist. Get your facts right.

      alex.m.donald.75 - 2013-02-09 19:10

      Yes of course, when the president puts the judge in his seat of course he will be acquitted, lets be honest, our government doesn't exactly have an outstanding record for honesty and is riddled with corruption, poor girl that accused zuma of rape is now living in the Netherlands under asylum. Where there is smoke there's fire. You, Michael, get your facts right. Last I checked this was a country where there is freedom of speech and opinion, but oh, I forgot, they are trying to stop that too. Your lovely ' innocent' president. As a women in living in such a violent society where people have become so desensitized to such gruesome acts shows there is something really wrong in our society, especially if you have the money to pay your way out of a situation.

  • june.corlett - 2013-02-09 17:29

    Please join in the noise tomorrow at 3 pm. HOOT for 1 minute.....wherever you are. RIP Anene.

  • rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-09 17:47

    I'm a 63 year old white male. The wife and I are crying for this 17 year old girl. Her whole life lies ahead - cut short by a few scumbags with only their own personal disgusting agendas in mind. South Africa has failed at the hands of the anc. Government is solely responsible to protect its citizens -not even mentioning its youth – YOU FAILED DISMALLY anc you ARE the demise of our people. DOWN with the cANCer. Down anc - down. The population is raping YOU through the ears. You are disgusting. Once more you have failed a citizen (17 years old – the future generation of this country) YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF – BUT ONCE AGAIN!!!!!! DO YOU CARE??? N O. Anc, your days are numbered, worst government SA will EVER HAVE – WATCH THE HISTORY BOOKS. FILTH!!!

  • Ruchalta - 2013-02-09 17:50

    To destroy is the strongest instinct in the wild. Those offenders will not have it easy in jail. Rest In Peace Lady Anene.

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-02-09 17:54

    @Rocky-Bell, South Africa actualy failed at the hands of NP government and its apartheid policy, what is happening in the Western Cape so called coloured communities is the legacy of aprtheid if demacating people according to their race. What is the difference between what the so called 'Sunday Rapist' did and this incident, i think an act of crime has nothing to do with ANC government, infact that took place under Helen Zillle's DA led province. Leave politics out of this babaric incident.

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-09 18:26

      I will refrain from engaging you in any arguement - nobody is as blind........ You DO NOT know the history of SA - what REALLY happened. Just tell, me: who are the (real) people caring about their fellow SAficans, then and now?. Believe me it is indeed the WHITE, AFRIKAANS SPEAKING population of this country. - plse do your own research. Just refrain from being an ignorant indoctrinated a*hole. Do you know that Afrikaans people were slained with axes, when they brought a soup kitchen to the disadvanted? NO YOU DON"T. Give me ONE reference where black people cared about a white baby in distress?? Just one?

      alex.m.donald.75 - 2013-02-09 23:15

      I am SO EXTREMELY TIRED of hearing it's apartheids fault when there are clearly very incompetent people governing our country. Yes, apartheid happened, but that was 19 years ago! there was a way for the ANC to run our country properly but instead they let everything go to rack and ruin as they are to busy enjoying the tax payers money for their own selfish needs. Please tell me at present day Michael, how is it apartheids fault that ministers and the president are robbing the people in broad daylight by making massive upgrades to their individual homes when thousands are suffering without even running water. how is it apartheids fault that the governing party cannot enforce the laws that are in our constitution that should be dealt with but are over looked. How is it apartheids fault that there are textbooks not being delivered to schools? How is it apartheids fault that basic service delivery cannot be delivered. How is it apartheids fault that when the DA wanted to get the army into the riddled crime areas in the cape to battle drugs etc, your cANCer told them no. Maybe that would have curbed the crime even a little bit, but no, we live in a country where rape is just rape and then it's all of a sudden apartheids fault! Please stop living in a little delusional world and wake up and see how they are stuffing their own pockets with the countries wealth and don't really care about the people.. STOP BLAMING INCOMPETENT GOVERNING ON APARTHEID AND WAKE UP!

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-02-11 00:56

      Michael, I would like to point out to you that the SAPS and judicial forces fall under the jurisdiction of the national government (ANC) and not the regional government (DA)!!! PS There are equally barbaric rapes and murders that happen in the rest of the country!!

  • amanda.owgan - 2013-02-09 17:55

    To her family: may God grant you healing, peace, forgiveness and wisdom during this sad time.

      rocky.bell.98 - 2013-02-09 18:37

      Amanda.........ditto. It's exactly a week ago. Wish I was right on the spot to send these monsters to another dimension - hell!! They will indeed be sentenced to life without an opportunity to bail. LIFE IN JAIL, IS GOING TO BE LIFE BEHIND BARS FOR EVER.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 18:59

  • amanda.owgan - 2013-02-09 18:11

    Ours has become a sad country. So much hatred, filth, murders, rapes. How very very sad. My domestic helper was pushed into a RED car, 5 very big men, from a neighbouring country, on her way home in the suburb of Newlands Johannesburg at +- 13h00 yesterday(8 Feb 2013). They took her on Hendrik Potgieter Road, past Ruimsig and repeatedly raped her. Why? They then tried to break her neck, thank God they failed!! I for one will fight, for the rights and dignity of us women, and daughters, and also men and sons. Yes male's are also victims!!! What can one say to these victims, nothing, just care for them with love. PS... people who stay in upper Newlands, Bergbron, Northcliff Ext's be very aware and alert of Italian Road from 15th Road (left) right to the circle near Albertsville.

      phumudzo.mudzusi - 2013-02-09 18:35

      That's very sad, my helper was also pushed inside a red Tazz a year ago in Hartbeesport dam around 11 am.They took her salary of 3months and she was fortunatly not raped. Its a sick society we live in.

      colleen.erasmus.7 - 2013-02-09 18:51

      Amanda u don't know me, but please tell her she is in my prayers. I'm all the way here in cape town, and come out of an abusive relationship, marital rape aand death threats and because of that I feel for these ladies. I wish we could talk and set up rallies here in cape town and jhb on the same day at the same time, I know logistics could be a issue.

  • cala.botha - 2013-02-09 18:21

    I wish this could stop at once. Why not use death penalty for rape and murder cases as in Zimbabwe.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 18:59

  • dan.gleebits.33 - 2013-02-09 18:24

    South Africans have become numbed by the endless repetitions of these horrors. Where is the protest such as that which we saw in India? We express sadness, shrug our shoulders and read about the next daughter, granny or little child raped on page 4 of tomorrow's paper...and then the next day as well. We are numb to this, we are numb to the 14 000 a year dying on our roads, numb to the murders, the robbery, the violence, the corruption of our government and our businessmen. Wake up SA. The old saying, however, is that the fish rots from the head. Thanks for the expression of outrage at this latest rape, President Zuma. Just what is your plan to tackle the collapse of our society though? Maybe now that we've made Nkandla secure and cozy for you, it's time to move into a bunker there, and let someone competent get on with actually governing our country.

  • nhlanhla.msiza.9 - 2013-02-09 18:42

    May her soul rest in peace

  • werner.luitingh - 2013-02-09 18:47

    diegene wat durf om die grusame insident te stuur in irrasionele rigtings van rassisme, hoe emotioneel onintelegent moet u wees om so harteloos te wees. die saak tersake is die dame se ontydige dood asook seksuele geweld. wys erder die vinger na jouself as jy dit wil verkleineer tot rassisme.

      mc.segal.5 - 2013-02-10 15:31

      Cant see why Werner gets 4 thumbs down???

  • Michelle Meintjes - 2013-02-09 18:50

    Rapists need to be dealt with more seriously!! basically they are getting away with murder!! Government needs to do something fast!!

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 19:01

      We need to start demanding things from our goverment. Spread the word and lets collect a million signatures.

  • david.modisane.50 - 2013-02-09 19:51

    Wao!these guys are animals and deserve to be treated as such

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2013-02-09 20:09

    Was the NATIONAL police commissioner there? WAS the president/vice president there? Was the premier and mayor there? Was the national safty minister there?

  • steve.werner.334 - 2013-02-09 20:20

    @Guida.d.abreu You keep harping on and posting a link to a petition to bring back the death penalty. You are wasting your time. Capital punishment in South Africa was abolished on 6 June 1995 by the ruling of the Constitutional Court in the case of S v Makwanyane. So no matter if 1,10 or all 50 million people signs it, it cannot overrule the Constitutional Court (Government appointed). It will require an amendment to the Constitution and do you think this Government will do so? So all those who voted for this Government must feel pretty awful about Anene Booysens and thousands others

      princess.nguni - 2013-02-09 20:39

      @Steve: thank you for this comment! I also feel like crying for the death penalty is a waste of time. @Guida - your heart is in the right place. On Friday Cosatu and the DA are marching to the crime scene... Do you think you could assist in spreading the message for the country to GO RED FOR ANENE and anyone else who has ever been affected by rape? We could print t-shirts, flags for our cars... Ask newspapers to dedicate Friday's street pole ads to ANENE AND ALL DAUGHTERS OF THIS LAND... For too long have our streets been tainted by our women's blood....

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 20:41

      "The only thing necessary for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing" We cannot just do nothing and let crime take over. I think when it comes to crimes of this nature most South Africans would stand together on this matter, and yes that includes politicians of all races and parties. So yes it is possible to get the government to do something if enough of us stand together. And since I don't want to take to the streets in violent protest, this is my small way of expressing my anger with crime in this country.

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 20:45

      Help me to at least try and do something!

      guida.d.abreu - 2013-02-09 23:38

      @princess: Will do what I can.

      princess.nguni - 2013-02-10 08:41

      Awesome! And hey, maybe your calls for death penalty will awaken our country and the whole of Africa to the critical nature of this situation... And the simple fact that as South Africans, we are saying enough is enough.

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-02-11 01:01

      Guys, Even if the death sentence is not implemented, this petition will highlight the fact that the good people of SA are fed up!!!

  • nelmari.smit.3 - 2013-02-09 20:44

    Rus in vrede meisiekind, daar is ni pyn waar jy nou is nie. Sterkte aan al di familie en vriende in hierdie ondraaglike moeilike tyd.

  • samantha.meyer.3975012 - 2013-02-09 20:48

    Your pain is over Anene, but your family and the nation won't forget for a very long will become yet another statistic in our land, and our government I think will steadfastly try "change the subject" ASAP!you have been failed, like so many other women of our country. I hope that our people will not allow these barbaric incidents to reoccur any longer! We will fight for you!! And for all our woman!rest peacefully in the Lords arms.

  • princess.nguni - 2013-02-09 20:49

    wear RED FOR ANENE this Friday and every Friday... It could be me tomorrow... Maybe it could be you...

  • michael.jackwood - 2013-02-09 22:31

    Rocky-bell, my point is you can not blame ANC govenrment for ellien occurances that are taking place in the Western Cape which is led by your party DA, When will DA accept responsibility for once, thats all i am saying. Is it difficult to understand?

      bbooyse - 2013-02-10 16:19

      Fair enough, the DA should man up...that's provided the ANC does for the gangrape of that mentally challenged girl, Marikana, farm murders, atm bombings, the Limpopo text book scandal...heck I can stand and go on the whole day...

      silvia.vaneck2 - 2013-02-11 01:04

      Michael, It is the national government (ANC) that is responsible for the SAPS and the judicial system. So it's NOT the DA's fault!!!

  • carol.b.martens - 2013-02-10 00:13

    i have seen no mention of drugs in regard to this horrendous crime? These small towns are known for mandrax users etc. Am sure they must have played a huge part in this?

      candice.d.ervin - 2013-02-10 12:25

      How is that relevant Carol. Although I see your point drugs don't play a role. Even if they were high, it doesn't justify this or explain their actions. Drugs don't make people do this, they will do it whether they are high or not. Its called bad blood.

  • WILDSBOK - 2013-02-10 00:23

    Michael are must be the most stupid man in SA just saying.

  • maureen.lyttle - 2013-02-10 01:59

    This was a vile, despicable, evil crime and must be punished by the harshest of means. These men (animals) had no empathy or compassion towards the young woman they gang raped, barbarically disembowelled, mutilated, and killed. Any man or juvenile who brutally rapes a woman, child or baby is an abhorrent, sick poison and scourge of society and, in the words of WCD Minister Krishna Tirath, should be hanged. Not incarcerated, but hanged. This would serve as a deterrent to the rest of these vile, despicable rapists, including juveniles, for their heinous, barbaric, savage, evil sexual crimes against women, children, and babies. Perhaps, Africa, you could learn from India? AFRICA, WHERE IS YOUR SHAME?? Your government, with its ineptitude and complacency, has allowed these monstrous atrocities to continue for decades, and in fact centuries. In NOT dealing harshly with these heinous sexual crimes against women and children long before now, your government has caused your country to become overrun with depraved, savage, vile rapists who commit barbaric sexual crimes against women and children! AGAIN, AFRICA, WHERE IS YOUR SHAME??

  • kemoneiloe.maswanganye - 2013-02-10 08:19

    I still can't believe this, when I look at my 16 year old daughter am crying that maybe 1 day it will be her, R.I.P baby girl.

  • justinecornil - 2013-02-10 09:48

    Rest in peace my dear.

  • - 2013-02-10 10:15

    It is so sad dat pple wid dis kind of mentality walk on our planet,da 3 apes need 2 get shot,atleast once,n dey need 2 go 2 jail 4 life,n dey need 2 meet a big muscular dude n get raped several times daily

  • mikaelapace - 2013-02-10 13:58

    My heart goes out to the Booysen family. Today in Camps Bay, Cape Town at 3PM at the high school's bottom parking lot hundreds will be there to show their support in the fight against rape by hooting their car horns for 60 seconds in honour of Anene and other rape victims around the world. Please look at The Victim Support Network - a fantastic forum for all South Africans to share experiences and advice on all crime related incidents in our country.

  • Godesha - 2013-02-10 16:43

    "three men...." I question that. No man does this to a woman. My heart breaks everytime I hear or read about yet another brutal rape and / or murder. RIP Anene!

  • megan.abbett - 2013-02-10 17:15

    BRING THE DEATH PENALTY BACK!!!! These PIGS should be sentenced to death for this!!!!!

  • mosis.hanz - 2013-02-10 21:51

    The one thing rapists cherish is their penis; therefore, perform an operation on their penises and stop it from functioning properly. They may use it to urinate, but for anything else; it will be a lifeless extension to their bodies. And yes! Give the f-in twat rapists life imprisonment. And no it’s not a human rights violation to deaden their members given the fact they (the rapists) violate women of their rights every day. And if they are miraculously freed from prison because of our wonderful justice system, then rest assured they won’t rape again due to a snip here and snip there on their manhood’s…

  • CliveK - 2013-02-11 09:27

    Unfortunately is almost a dead certainty that Fransman, Ehrenreich and the ANC will politicise this march, as Fransman did at the memorial service, taking ANC politicking to a new low. This bunch must be truly desperate.

  • jcvieira1 - 2013-02-12 00:34

    This story is so tragic, such uneccesary loss of life! Rape is out of control in South Africa. This is just one of the many reasons we no longer live in SA :-(

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