Knysna - A man who raped and killed a nine-year-old girl from Rheenendal in the Western Cape on Friday asked his community to forgive him, the SABC reported.
Ewald Booysen, 32, made this plea shortly before being sentenced in the Knysna Circuit High Court.
He was handed a life sentence for raping Rosaline Philander, another life sentence for her murder, and an additional 10 years for kidnapping her.
Philander's body was found in a forest near her home in August last year. Booysen was arrested after witnesses told police that the girl was last seen with him.
Booysen, a friend of the Philander family, asked her to accompany him into the forest in exchange for fish and chips.