South Africa – The man who raped and killed his neighbour's daughter, Randy Tango, has been dealt a punishment of three life sentences on top of a ten-year sentence for the rape of another 14-year-old girl.
The body of the 11-year-old female murder victim, Stacha Arendse, was found on Swartklip Road in Mitchells Plain after disappearing on the 27 March 2008 in Tafelsig. She was strangled to death. After watching TV with a friend in Tafelsig, Cape Town, Stacha was called outside by someone but never returned.
Judge Robert Henney said that Tango was "a predator responsible for inhumane and barbaric acts," and that "the court has a responsibility to ensure that predators like Tango are removed from society".
He ordered that Tango, a child rapist and murderer, have his particulars entered into the Sexual Offences Register, although he found Tango not guilty on four counts of rape involving two women between 2010 and 2011 due to a lack of strong evidence.
Ahead of Tango's court case, the community formed a group called "Mitchell's plain Crisis Forum" to aid in the search of missing children and support families going through the traumatizing process of court hearings.
Tango took part in the search party for the girl and was arrested after he directed the police as to where he had dumped her body in a dustbin behind the Swartklip Recreation Centre. The mother of the child, Sandy Markgraaff, had known Tango since they attended school together and was not suspicious of the man until he pointed out the body to the police.
Tango admitted to raping the little girl twice and then murdering her in court to prevent her from telling her mother.
Sandy Markgraaff and her community of supporters celebrate and mourn for Stacha as the murderer will no longer be able to harm any other children.
Sandy said, "Our house is not the same anymore. Her little brother is five-years-old and he’s not the same anymore. Our lives won’t be the same anymore but, after we heard that he got what he deserved, we’re happy."
The video shows the relief of the family and their reaction to the results as represented by Sandy Markgraaff's brother.