By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Gender, Youth & Persons with Disabilities:
The Democratic Alliance calls for the harshest possible sentence for Ivan Mathibe.
A man who murders and rapes innocent children has no place in a civilised society. He must suffer the consequences of his vicious actions.
Mathibe has been found guilty of the brutal rape and murder of Florence Barendt.
Florence was five years old at the time of her death.
She would have been one of the new learners starting school this year if she had lived. Instead, she was raped and murdered.
The sentence should deter other criminals from preying on our young children.