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The rape, mutilation and subsequent death of a 17-year-old Bredasdorp girl has shocked many, and political organisations have expressed their outrage.
Cosatu described the attack on the girl as “appalling” while the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) said the incident left it disgusted.
Anine Booysen was raped – possibly gang-raped. She was also disembowelled but was still alive when she was found. Before she died, she was able to name one of the men she said had attacked her.
Jonathan Quinton Davids, 22, appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape and murder on Tuesday.
Cosatu national spokesman Patrick Craven appealed to residents to demonstrate outside the court when Davids appeared.
“When a similar incident occurred in India there was a massive protest and mass demonstrations in the streets. It was a huge story around the world.
“We must show that South Africa is no less angry at such crimes, and make an equally loud statement of disgust.
“In South Africa there is a tendency to accept incidents such as the death of Booysen as part of daily life.
“We need to unite as a nation to make criminals scared of society’s outrage when such acts are perpetrated,” Craven added.
The teenager was found on Saturday and taken to a local hospital before being transferred to hospital in Worcester and eventually to Tygerberg, where she died. Hospital staff received counselling.
A statement released on behalf of the ANCWL by spokeswoman Troy Martens said South Africans needed to come together as a nation and declare that “enough is enough”.
“The scourge of rape cannot be seen as a women’s issue any longer. All South Africans of all creeds need to take a stand against this vulgar and despicable sexual crime.”
The women’s league was “baffled” by the high number of rapes in society.
“It is difficult to find reason behind the many different acts of gang rape, child rape, rape of the elderly, corrective rape and male rape,”