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Keabetswe's family happy with judgment

Modise Motapane was yesterday handed two life sentences and an additional 7 years behind bars.

Keabetswe Tshabalala was abducted, raped and murdered by Modise Motapane in September 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The family of four-year-old Keabetswe Tshabalala, who was abducted, raped and killed last year, say they are not yet ready to forgive the man convicted of her murder.

Modise Motapane was yesterday handed two life sentences and an additional seven years behind bars by a high court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court.

Tshabalala's aunt says the family is satisfied with the sentence and hopes Motapane will spend the rest of his life behind bars.

"I also thank the justice system for their efforts. I hope he stays in jail forever."

Tshabalala's grandmother says although the sentence won't bring her back, it will ease the family's suffering.

"Although it's painful that I will never see my grandchild again, I am satisfied with the judge's decision."

Motapane received life sentences for rape and murder as well as seven years for kidnapping.

The presiding judge found Motapane showed no remorse for his actions and dismissed his request for leave to appeal.

Motapane will serve his sentences concurrently.

He was found guilty of the crime on 14 February.

Tshabalala was abducted by Motapane and later found dead in an abandoned building in Katlehong on 9 September.

She had been strangled.

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