Johannesburg - The mystery around exactly who killed Bredasdorp teen Anene Booysen, is deepening.
In an unexpected turn of events today, the State withdrew all charges against the man she allegedly fingered as being involved in her rape and murder, before she died.
Police initially believed they had a watertight case, when, while reeling from her wounds after being raped, mutilated and left for dead, Booysen managed to say who killed her.
Her attack sparked world headlines and shed a light on gender-based violence in South Africa.
This latest development could fuel the debate of justice in the country. It could also lead to a public outcry against the NPA.
One more accused remains in the dock after he allegedly sent a confession from prison, admitting to raping and assaulting the teen.
But, he has denied any involvement in her murder.
Meanwhile, the Sanja Bornman from the Women's Legal Center has said today's dropping of charges is very "frustrating".