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Sentence handed to Lache Stols's killer welcomed

Anthea Kleynahns was sentenced to an effective 18 years imprisonment for beating the 3-year-old repeatedly over a period of three months.

FILE: A poster for Lache Stols outside the Cape Town High Court on October 24, 2017. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Social Development has welcomed a prison term that has been handed down to a Blackheath woman who has been convicted of murdering her boyfriend's three-year-old daughter.

Anthea Kleynahns was sentenced to an effective 18 years imprisonment in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday.

Kleynhans beat little Lache Stols to repeatedly over a period of three months at their home in Happy Valley.

The department says it holds a zero-tolerance approach to all forms of child abuse, neglect, abandonment or murder.

It says the courts must send a strong message to society that the mistreatment and killing of children, is simply unacceptable and severely punishable.

Kleynhans says she used to beat three-year-old Stols because she believed the child was deliberately soiling herself.

She cared for the little girl while her boyfriend was at work.

Meanwhile, the department’s also calling on the court to impose a maximum sentence for Randy Tango who has been convicted of raping and killing 11-year-old Stacha Arendse in Mitchell's Plain.

The man will be sentenced on Monday.