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Cape Town - The conviction of Johannes Kana for the rape and murder of a Bredasdorp teenager was welcomed by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and the DA on Tuesday.
Radebe commended the prosecution team that secured the conviction, spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said in a statement.
“The minister hopes that this conviction and subsequent sentence will encourage other victims of sexual violence to report cases to law enforcement and that other offenders will be deterred.”
The Independent Online reported that the Swellendam Circuit Court found Kana guilty on Tuesday of the rape and murder of Anene Booysen, 17.
Booysen was raped and disembowelled, and died in Tygerberg hospital, Cape Town, on the afternoon of Saturday, February 2.
Kana was seen with Booysen outside a Bredasdorp pub in the early hours of that day.
“Minister Radebe has praised the courts for ensuring that victims of these heinous crimes receive justice and protection from the courts, who are guardians of our constitution which guarantees their right to life and dignity,” Mhaga said.
He said Radebe hoped the court would hand down a sentence that fitted the crime.
Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko said in a statement that the party welcomed Kana's conviction.
“I hope that this conviction sends a message to all South Africans that violence against women or any person will be met with the full force of the law,” she said.
“It must also serve as a reminder of the constant reality of violence and abuse that so many women face in our country today.”
The DA hoped the sentence imposed on Kana would give Booysen's family, friends and loved ones a sense of closure.
The Independent Online reported that Kana, who admitted to hitting and raping Booysen, but denied killing her, was expected to be sentenced on Wednesday.
“We must now work together, in memory of Anene Booysen, towards fixing what is broken in our society and prevent unspeakable crimes such as this from ever being committed again,” she said.
Kana, Jonathan Davids and another man were arrested in connection with Booysen's rape and murder in February.
Charges were later withdrawn against Davids and the other man because of insufficient evidence.
Before she died, Booysen reportedly said from her hospital bed that five or six men were involved in the attack.
She named “Zwai”, which was both the nickname of Davids and another man said to live in Zwelitsha.