“F…k you”, Hadebe said while waving his hand at North Gauteng High Court Judge Nico Coetzee.
Members of the Diepsloot community who attended the trial applauded spontaneously after Judge Coetzee sentenced Hadebe to life imprisonment on three counts of murder and six of rape and a further 15 years imprisonment on three counts of kidnapping.
The Judge said Hadebe had acted like an animal, possibly even worse, and the punish meted out to him must fit the crime.
He said Hadebe’s claim that he was “insane” and did not follow proceedings was clearly not true.
“He conducted himself well during the trial. It was obvious he was following proceedings and he was able to make a meaningful contribution to the trial,” the Judge said.
He said the pre planned murders of Anelisa Mkhonto (5) and cousins Yonelisa (2) and Zandile (3) Mali in Diepsloot in September and October last year was the most serious crime a person could be convicted of.
“He deprives these three children, who had a whole life to live before them, from the pleasure of living.
“He deprived Anelisa’s grandmother and the two other’s mothers from the pleasure of caring for them, loving them and leading them to adulthood.
“Their deaths came as a terrible shock to the grandmother and mothers of the children. They were devastated.
“Anelisa’s grandmother lost consciousness and Yonelisa’s mother, who was pregnant at the time, had to be hospitalised when they heard the news.
“The children must have suffered intense pain when they were raped by the accused. The evidence is that they were still alive when he raped them.
“He committed these heinous crimes while he was still sober. In his confession he said he had drunks at a tavern, but he never said he was under the influence.
“He was in his right mind when he committed the crimes. He was able to detail the events when he made the confession.
“The interest of society demands that he must be harshly punished.
“Clearly a message must be sent out to would-be murderers and rapists that such atrocious conduct would not be tolerated.
“The accused shows no remorse for what he’s done. He persists in a defence which is clearly false. He refuses to take responsibility for his deeds.
“This is totally unacceptable to members of society, in this case the community of Diepsloot.
“The community expects from this court that it imposes a sentence which will protedt their children against persons such as the accused,” Judge Coetzee said.