ID picture of Anene Booysen

Cape Town - A funeral service was underway on Saturday for Bredasdorp teenager Anene Booysen who was gang raped and badly mutilated in an act of violence that sparked outrage.

A brass band played hymns while hundreds of people turned out for the emotional church service in Bredasdorp.

She was to be buried later in the day, broadcaster eNCA reported.

President Jacob Zuma has expressed outrage over the brutal attack, which has drawn comparisons to the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in India.

Three men, all in their early 20s, have been arrested in connection with the rape and murder of Booysen. One of the men was reportedly her ex-boyfriend. - Sapa-dpa