Teen Girl Found Mutilated After Gang-Rape in South Africa
Her injuries are so severe family asked they not be reported
Robyn Curnow CNN
February 08, 2013
Outrage is growing throughout South Africa over the gang rape and mutilation of a 17-year-old girl in Bredasdorp, a tiny town two hours southeast of Cape Town.
A security guard found Anene Booyson's body last Saturday at a construction site not far from where she lived, police Capt. F.C. Van Wyk told CNN.
Booyson's injuries were so severe that her family asked authorities not to give details, said Faiza Steyn, a Western Cape Health Department spokeswoman.
Booyson's aunt told CNN that she lived long enough to identify one of her attackers. Before dying, she said the person's name.
Police have made two arrests and are looking for two more people. One of the arrested individuals was someone the victim knew, authorities said.
Booyson's aunt said the suspect was someone she knew, also.
"He was for me a lovely child to have in the house," the aunt said, referring to the suspect. "He was her friend, and it's just incomprehensible."
Protesting the crime, many in Bredasdorp marched in the streets toward the crime scene.
The area has grown hardened by high levels of sexual violence.
Every four minutes a local radio station broadcasts a ping -- a reminder that a person is raped in South Africa, on average, every four minutes.
President Jacob Zuma has even weighed in.
"The whole nation is outraged at this extreme violation and destruction of a young human life," he said. "This act is shocking, cruel and most inhumane. It has no place in our country. We must never allow ourselves to get used to these acts of base criminality to our women and children."
Zuma called on the courts to "impose the harshest sentences on such crimes, as part of a concerted campaign to end this scourge in our society."
Women showed up at the construction site to lay a cross on the ground.
"We have got to do something," one said. "Otherwise, why must we give birth to a baby boy, if men are going to continue to treat women as less than animals"