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Family relieved by Diepsloot child killer's sentence

Anelisa Mkhonto’s body was found dumped in a rubbish bin days after being raped and murdered.

Members of the Diepsloot Early Childhood Development Forum sing outside court after sentencing was handed on 29 October 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anelisa Mkhonto's family has expressed relief at the sentencing of convicted killer and rapist Ntokozo Hadebe, calling him the embodiment of everything that's wrong with society.

The Diepsloot man was sentenced earlier today to an effective 240 years in prison on 12 charges including rape, murder and kidnapping.

Mkhonto's body was found dumped in a rubbish bin days after being raped and murdered.

The five-year-old's grandmother, Bongiwe Ncubusi, says she is relieved with Judge Nico Coetzee's ruling but has no words to describe her disgust with Hadebe.

"I don't what to compare the man to, he seems to be an animal and everything bad in life."

She says she's happy he won't trouble the community of Diepsloot ever again as he doesn't deserve to be called a human.

Hadebe was also convicted for the murders of cousins Zandile and Yonelisa Mali.

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

PHIYEGA WELCOMES SENTENCE

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega has welcomed the sentence, saying the Diepsloot community is now rid of a dangerous man.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says the Diepsloot community is now a safer place for children.

"It will send a strong message to criminals."

He says the sentencing shows the tireless work from police, community members and court officials.

Makgale added that South Africa deserves the same service in other cases.

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