NPA hails sentence given to Diepsloot killer

The NPA says a person who commits such heinous crimes does not deserve to be called a human being.

FILE: The tiny coffins of Yonelisa and Zandile Mali are pictured shortly before burial on 19 October 2013. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has welcomed the nine life sentences handed down to Ntokozo Hadebe, who was convicted of kidnapping, raping and murdering three young Diepsloot children, saying it will restore the community's faith in the justice system.

The High Court in Pretoria yesterday found the 29-year-old guilty on 12 charges for the 2013 attacks on two-year-old Yonalisa Mali, her three-year-old cousin Zandile and five-year old Anelisa Mkhonto.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says a person who commits such heinous crimes does not deserve to be called a human being.

"We need sentences that will send a clear message to people we refer to as less human because anyone who commits crimes against children doesn't deserve to be called a human."

He says the effective 240 years Hadebe has been sentenced to is a better sanction than they could've ever hoped for.

"He deserves it."

Mncube also slammed Hadebe's swearing and theatrics as he was escorted out of court, saying it shows his clear disregard for the justice system.

Mkhonto was found in a dustbin while the bodies of the Mali cousins were found in a toilet cubicle in Diepsloot two days after they went missing.

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

LOCAL COMMUNITY REACTS

While the sentencing of Hadebe has been largely welcomed this afternoon, the Diepsloot community says its concerned that jail won't be punishment enough for the convicted child killer and rapist.

Community member Abram Kgari says the sentence is a relief for Diepsloot residents.

"We are happy because he will never be seen in the community again."

However, he says the killer's relaxed attitude to his sentence is concerning.

"I wish the death penalty could be brought back because he doesn't deserve to live. He even said he enjoyed prison."

Hadebe's sentences will run concurrently and it's understood any application for parole won't be considered anytime soon.