The unhappiness over the horrific rape and murder of Western Cape teenager Anene Booysen has been taken to the steps of the St George's Cathedral in Cape Town. A group of women led by British singer and human rights activist Annie Lennox gathered to protest this afternoon.
The protesters waved placards and banners calling for an end to women and child abuse. Seventeen-year old Booysen was raped and left for dead in Bredasdorp in the Overberg region more than week ago. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the crime.
Lennox says rape concerns everyone. She points out that as a mother and a woman, she completely identifies with the issue of global gender violence. The activist says gender violence has been going on for many years and now the challenge is to sustain the focus on such issues so that transformative change can happen.
Yesterday, Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana assured protesting Bredasdorp residents that the law will take its course in the Anene Booysen rape and murder case.
The Minister attended yesterday's court proceedings where two men made a court appearance in relation to the incident. Their case has been postponed to February 26. Addressing nearly 500 protesters, Xingwana stressed that no bail should be granted for rapists and murderers.
Also taking part in yesterday’s protest action was Madalina Tyawana from the New Women's Movement. Tyawana highlighted the women’s anger over what happened to Anene, further warning people that such incidents won’t end with the Booysens family and that it could be at anyone’s doorstep the next day.