ANC welcomes Diepsloot child killer conviction

2014-10-28 19:55

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Johannesburg - The ANC on Tuesday welcomed the conviction by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria of a man for raping and killing three Diepsloot children.

"With a grave heart, the African National Congress welcomes the conviction on 12 counts including murder, rape and kidnapping," spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

Ntokozo Hadebe previously denied raping and murdering 5-year-old Anelisa Mkhonto in September last year, and 2-year-old Yonalisa Mali and her cousin Zandile, 3, in October last year.

He kidnapped the girls and took them to his shack in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg, where he raped, sodomised, and suffocated or strangled them. He dumped Anelisa's body in a garbage bin and the bodies of the cousins in a public toilet.

Kodwa urged Judge Nico Coetzee to hand down the maximum sentence to Hadebe on Wednesday.

"This stance is not in opposition to our stated position that sentencing should be corrective and rehabilitative in nature."

The justice system had to deter any would-be perpetrators from violence against children, he said.

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