CAPE TOWN - Police have welcomed the speedy finalisation of the Zikhona Qhayi murder trial.
The eight-year-old's body was found in Khayelitsha in October last year.
A relative, Lindile Qhayi, was arrested a month later.
He was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday to an effective 60 years behind bars.
Qhayi will serve his sentence for rape and murder as part of a plea agreement he reached with the state.
The police’s Andre Traut said police were pleased with the outcome.
“The sentence will send a strong message to would-be offenders that crime does not pay, especially if it is perpetrated against children.”
He said detectives worked around the clock to bring Qhayi to book.
(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)