A protester holds a placard during a demonstration in Diepsloot, Gauteng, on 18 October 2013, after five people were arrested for the rape and murder of two toddlers.
JOHANNESBURG - The North Gauteng High Court has handed Diepsloot child rapist and killer nine life sentences plus 15 years, amounting to 240 years.
Ntokozo Hadebe had on Tuesday been found guilty on 12 counts involving the murder, rape and kidnapping of three children.
He was convicted of having kidnapped, murdered, raped and sodomised five-year-old Anelisa Mkhonto in September 2013 and just a month later did the same to Yonalisa Mali, two, and her cousin Zandile, three.
He allegedly kidnapped the girls and took them to his shack, where he raped and killed them before dumping Anelisa&39;s body in a garbage bin and the bodies of the cousins in a public toilet next to the road.
In his confession, Hadebe claimed the two toddlers had followed him to his shack after he bought chips for them.
After putting them to bed, he locked his shack and went to a tavern, where he continued drinking.
On his return he raped and killed the three-year-old girl by strangling her.
He also took a clothes hanger and twisted it around her neck until she was no longer moving.
He hid the body under his bed.
Hadebe swore at the judge upon hearing his fate.