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NPA welcomes Diepsloot murderer's conviction

The High Court in Pretoria today found Ntokozo Hadebe guilty on all of 12 charges he faced.

FILE: The graves of Zandile and Yonelisa Mali. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The conviction of a man who kidnapped, raped and killed three young Diepsloot girls last year has been welcomed by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and residents alike.

Ntokozo Hadebe raped and murdered five-year-old Anelisa Mkhonto last year and just five months later, he sexually assaulted and killed cousins Yonelisa and Zandile Mali.

The bodies of the Mali cousins were found in a toilet cubicle in Diepsloot two days after they went missing.

The township erupted in violent protests and soon after, Hadebe handed himself in to police and confessed to the crime.

The High Court in Pretoria today found him guilty on all 12 charges he faced.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says the authority is satisfied with the judgment.

The Diepsloot Early Childhood Development Forum's Abram Kgari says he's glad Hadebe has been removed from the community.

"He's been changing versions and he was smiling, it seemed he enjoyed what he was doing. We don't want to see him back in the community, he must rot in jail."

Hadebe's defence team has argued he should receive a 30-year sentence as he had an absent father.

The state however believes Hadebe deserves the maximum sentence as he showed no remorse and pretended to suffer from memory loss in a bid to secure a lighter sentence.

Hadebe also argued he's mentally unwell and should therefore not be made to spend a lengthy time behind bars.

Hadebe will be sentenced tomorrow.