The devastating story of 17-year-old Anene Booysen, who was gang-raped and mutilated, has caused outrage in South Africa, leading to President Zuma calling for a harsher sentence for the attackers.
Anene was found in the early hours of Saturday morning last week by security guards in the industrial area where she used to work. The police rushed her to hospital, where she died of her injuries, but not before naming one of her assailants, who is now in police custody.
Anene’s aunt, Wilma Brooks, told Cape Argus, "Her throat had been slit, all her fingers and both legs were broken, a broken glass bottle had been lodged in her, her stomach had been cut open. That which was supposed to be inside her body lay strewn across the scene where they found her".
The police have arrested two of the accused men, and one of them is believed to have had a relationship with Anene.
The funeral, which is expected to be attended by many, will be held on Saturday at the Uniting Reform Church in Bredasdorp.