A 37 -year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and murder of a 4-year-old toddler at Palm Ridge, east of Johannesburg.

He received a further two years for kidnapping.

Mthundezi Gaca took little Nthabeleng Mtshali in 2016 from her home and just metres away, raped and strangled her to death.

*Viewers should note that the Mtshali family has asked the SABC to air pictures of the little girl to create awareness around the crime*