Cape Town - A dying teenage girl, who was raped and brutally mutilated, identified one of her alleged attackers shortly before she died in hospital.
Anine Booysen, 17, was found in the industrial area of Bredasdorp in the Southern Cape, in the early hours of Saturday morning.
She had been raped - possibly gang-raped.
A 22-year-old man, Jonathan Quinton Davids, appeared in the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s Court on charges of rape and murder on Tuesday. He was remanded in custody until Tuesday.
Police said on Wednesday that they are hunting for more suspects.
Booysen was found between 3am and 4am, at a building site east of the town centre.
Police were told she had earlier been at a pub or shebeen.
A source in the town said Booysen had been sliced open from her stomach to her genital area, and her internal organs and insides had been “hanging out”.
“It was one of the most gruesome things you can imagine - especially for a small platteland town,” the source said, asking not to be named.
Police and paramedics were soon on the scene.
In the hours that followed, she was taken to three hospitals - the town’s Otto du Plessis hospital, then the main hospital in Worcester, and finally Tygerberg hospital - but doctors were not able to save her.
Before she died, at around 10pm, the girl had named one of the suspects who was later arrested, said police spokesman FC van Wyk.
Booysen’s mother had been at her side when she died.
Hospital staff had to receive debriefing counselling, “because the girl’s injuries were so horrific”, said the Health Department’s Faiza Steyn.