Cape Town - Anene Booysen’s foster mother was “staggering drunk” the night she went to Kallie’s Pub to fetch the teenager, the Swellendam Circuit Court heard on Monday.
This was the evidence of Elryno Jameson who accompanied Corlia Olivier to the pub to collect Anene on February 2.
Anene, 17, refused to leave her friends at the pub. Jameson and Olivier then left without her.
Shortly afterwards, Anene was raped and mutilated, allegedly by Johannes Kana, who has been charged with rape and murder. Later that day she died in Tygerberg Hospital of her injuries.
Jameson said he had been drinking on the night of Friday, February 1, at his brother-in-law’s house.
Shortly after midnight, Olivier arrived and asked if someone would go with her to the pub to fetch Anene.
“Everyone said no. When our wine was finished, I decided to go buy more, and said that I would walk along to fetch Anene.”
Olivier and Jameson arrived at the pub around 3am. Jameson waited outside while Olivier went in. She emerged with Anene.
“Corlia called me, Anene was with her. She said it’s time to go home.
“They talked and I walked ahead.”
Jameson said he was some distance away when he turned to see whether they were following. He saw someone holding Anene.
“I saw the person stand behind Anene, with a cap on the head.
“The person’s arm was around her waist.”
He added that it was too dark to see who it was or whether it was a man or a woman.
Both he and Olivier were drunk, he said.
Pieter du Toit, for Kana, said he found it strange that Olivier had not mentioned seeing someone with Anene.
During Olivier’s own testimony earlier on Monday she broke down twice, prompting Judge Patricia Goliath to adjourn the hearing for a short while.
Olivier, 41, who works as a cleaner, told the court that Anene and her brother, Ryno, had been placed in her care by social workers because their parents could not care for them. Anene was three at the time.
Olivier said she had been surprised when Anene asked to go to the pub that night, because she was a quiet person and was not usually out and about.
“She was at home most of the time, watching TV.”