A dog would have been treated better than Anene Booyson, her neighbors said.
The 17-year-old South African girl was gang molested,then mutilated to death in Bredasdorp, a tiny, rural town about two hours southeast of Cape Town, authorities said.
But for whatever reason — perhaps the sheer brutality, perhaps a new awareness to the matter — the molest and killing of Booyson has been different. It has stirred outrage in Bredasdorp and, in fact, throughout South Africa, from people shocked that a young woman like Booyson could suffer so much.
“I don’t know what we must do, but we must do something,” said Sophia Europa, from Bredasdorp, fighting off tears. “Otherwise, there is no use giving birth to a baby boy if men treat women lower than animals.”
A security guard found Booyson’s body February 2 at a construction site not far from where she lived, police Capt. F.C. Van Wyk said.
Booyson’s injuries were so severe that her family asked authorities not to give details, said Faiza Steyn, a Western Cape Health Department spokeswoman.
I pray the perpetrators got found and hanged.
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