Trial of Anene Booysen killer starts in Swellendam

Johannes Kana
Johannes Kana

The trial of the man accused of raping and killing teenager Anene Booysen is expected to begin in the Swellendam Circuit Court on Monday.

Johannes Kana’s last court appearance was at the Western Cape High Court on September 7, where the trial was set down for four weeks. A total of 52 witnesses were expected to be called to testify.

Prosecutor Maria Marshall said she had provided Kana’s lawyer Pieter du Toit with further particulars and would deliver the last statements to him. She had drafted a set of admissions for the defence to consider.

Should the defence make certain admissions, the trial was likely to be shortened as fewer witnesses would have to be called.

Du Toit said there was a possibility of two trials-within-a-trial, one related to a statement Kana made and the other to a videotape of Kana pointing out scenes to police.

Kana remained in custody. The 21-year-old allegedly raped and disembowelled 17-year-old Booysen between the night of Friday, February 1 and morning of February 2 this year, near Kleinbegin, Bredasdorp.

She died at Tygerberg Hospital on the afternoon of February 2. – Sapa