The mother, grandmother and brother of 17-year-old victim Anene Booysen broke down in tears during the service in a packed church in the southwestern town of Bredasdorp, according to SABC Radio today. The girl was found disembowelled at a construction site last weekend and later died in hospital.
Pictures posted on social media showed the girl’s white coffin being carried out onto a dusty street before being buried. A single bouquet of pink flowers adorned the casket. The brutal murder has triggered much soul-searching in a country that often appears numb to sexual violence and is known as the world’s rape capital.
The girl’s attackers reportedly slit open her stomach, took out her intestines and broke her legs. Police have so far arrested three people in the case, including one of her friends. The victim’s brother said he felt betrayed as he had been close to one of the suspects. “He was a friend of mine, we went to school together, stayed in one house, we were like brothers,” Ryno Booysen told the SABC. Source
This is eerily reminiscent of the brutal gang-rape on a bus in India that left a young woman fighting for her life. She has since died. When will violence against women stop? That includes domestic violence, mental abuse, financial abuse, etc. Women around the world have to unite and take a stand, no matter when your socioeconomic status, ethnic background, creed, or sexual orientation is. Violence against women is real and must stop.
Cartoon from Zapiro about Anene Booysen’s vicious murder:
Here are some tweets about Anene Booysen’s death:
Anene Booysen’s gruesome rape and murder must mobilise us as never before to end SA’s rape culture. The root is dysfunctional families.
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) February 8, 2013
“Our numbness to all forms of violence…is a sad indictment of the psyche of our nation.” on SAfrica and Anene Booysen is.gd/booysen
— Rebecca Faulkner (@sugarkekse) February 9, 2013
Devastated re the rape and murder of Anene Booysen. Keep talking, marching, tweeting, signing, insisting. Don’t let it be buried with her.
— Dignity South Africa (@DignitySAfrica) February 9, 2013
This is a horrible story that the world needs to know about!share it!Hundreds bid farewell to Anene Booysencitypress.co.za/news/hundreds-…
— NativeNYker (@NativeNYker) February 9, 2013