“Today our courts have vindicated our position that there is no place in society for unrepentant criminals. What he [Hadebe] has done has deprived three children of a bright future,” ANCWL spokeswoman Edna Molewa said in a statement.
“The youngest victim was still in nappies when she was killed.”
High Court in Pretoria Judge Nico Coetzee sentenced Hadebe to nine life terms and 15 years’ imprisonment for three murders, six rapes, and three kidnappings.
In September 2013 he murdered Anelisa Mkhonto, aged five. The next month he murdered Yonelisa Mali, aged two, and her cousin Zandile, aged three, in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg.
Molewa congratulated police for their role in securing Hadebe’s conviction and sentence.
The court found Hadebe lured the girls from their homes and took them to his shack, where he raped them vaginally and anally before suffocating or strangling them. He took Mkhonto’s body to a nearby rubbish dump, where she was found with a plastic bag tied over her head. He left the bodies of the cousins in a public toilet.
Molewa congratulated police for the arrest of Thamsanqa Twala, who appeared in the Boksburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. He is charged with the murder of four-year-old Taegrin Morris. Morris died after being dragged behind his parents’ hijacked car in Reiger Park, on the East Rand, in July.