Tango gets life for murder

2017-12-12 06:00

After only a few months, the Cape High Court has found Randy Tango (32) guilty of the rape and murder of 11-year-old Stacha Arendse.

On Thursday last week the case was concluded after Tango pleaded guilty to the charges on Tuesday.

He had already confessed to the police in April when he was arrested.

Stacha’s body was found on a field behind the Swartklip Indoor Sports Centre in the early hours of Tuesday 28 March.

She had been reported missing the day ­before.

It is understood that she was watching TV with a friend when she was called outside. She was never seen alive again. Her case sent shock waves through the community.

This resulted in several organisations being formed, including the Eyes of Matroosberg and the Mitchell’s Plain Crisis Forum.

The discovery of her body angered residents who wanted to burn the bush to the ground. As tempers flared, the community mobilised to say “enough” to the violence.

In a first for the area, thousands of people took to the streets to march to the court where Tango was being held ahead of his first appearance (“1000s for girls”, People’s Post, 4 April).

At the time of the murder Tango was out on parole for rape and was staying at his parents’ house just down the street from ­Stacha’s.

When he was arrested tempers flared, with residents calling for him to be released to them.

He was arrested on Wednesday 29 March and confessed to the crimes.

He had remained in custody since.

He was officially sentenced yesterday (Monday) and will spend three life sentences and an additional 10 years behind bars for the charges brought against him.

The sentences will run concurently.

Albert Fritz, provincial minister of social development, says they welcome the verdict.

He released a statement after the Cape High Court ruled on two child murder cases last week.

“[The department] holds a zero-tolerance approach to any and all forms of child abuse, neglect, abandonment or murder,” says Fritz in the statement.

He adds that the courts must send a strong message to society that the mistreatment and killing of children are unacceptable and will be severely punishable.

“This is why I call on the courts to deal with all child murders harshly, and to impose maximum sentences,” says Fritz.

“The likes of Tango must also face the maximum sentence for his horrible deeds.”

Department officials applaud civil society groups and communities that have rallied together, not only in support of families who have suffered the loss of their children, but also to protect other children in their communities, he says.

“Child protection is truly a whole-of-society effort, and parents play the most critical role. No government can replace the role of committed and responsible parents in the home. We encourage the public to #GetHelp and #ReportAbuse by visiting any of our local offices and speaking to a social worker, or by calling the department hotline on 0800 220 250.”

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