1 November 2013

South Africa: Kana Sentence a Victory - NPA

Cape Town — The two life sentences handed to convicted rapist and murderer Johannes Kana was a victory for sex crime victims, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Friday.

Western Cape NPA spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the sentences would hopefully send the message that courts would not tolerate crimes against women and children.

He was happy that Judge Patricia Goliath had agreed with the recommendation for two life sentences, to be served concurrently.

Kana was sentenced by the Swellendam Circuit Court on Friday for crimes against Anene Booysen in Bredasdorp earlier this year.

Booysen was raped and disembowelled and died in Tygerberg Hospital, Cape Town, on the afternoon of Saturday, February 2.

"We know this sentence will not bring Anene Booysen back or lessen the pain she went through that morning of February 2 and the pain her family is going through," Ntabazalila said.

"We hope they will find solace knowing that the person who raped and murdered their daughter will spend time in prison and pay for what he did."

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