Murdered Matie 'not into drugs'

2010-09-19 10:14

Stellenbosch – Friends of murdered Matie Daniel Booysen, 22, have denied that he was using drugs and that this was the reason why he was in Kayamandi at 03:00 on Thursday morning.

Booysen was walking with a friend in George Blake Street when they were attacked by three men.

The suspects ran away when a car approached them.

"We don't really know what happened there, we can't understand it either. To go to Kayamandi at that time of the morning was not in his nature. Daniel was too rational for that," said a friend, Daniel Leask.

A Kayamandi police official who wanted to remain anonymous said: "The area is a hot spot where students buy their drugs and liquor late at night. The thugs here know the students are always walking alone. It was an opportunistic crime."

But mates of Booysen from his hostel Simonsig denied that he used drugs. "And if he wanted drugs, he could've bought it from any parking area in Stellenbosch," said James Ranby.

Booysen apparently loved the outdoors and surfed and rowed.

Friends belonging to the Stellenbosch rowing club said they had met on Wednesday night in Stellenbosch and that Booysen had at some point "disappeared".

Simonsberg head student, Jacques le Roux said Am-zing in George Blake Street, Kayamandi, was apparently the new place to hang out for students.

Friends said that two police officials had approached Booysen and his friend shortly before the attack and had asked them where they were going. "We are fine," the two apparently answered.

Booysen's friend, a third-year student called Kim, was still receiving trauma counselling.

His parents, who had emigrated to Australia, were heading back to SA for funeral arrangements.