Fifty-seven-year-old Louis Pepping has been sentenced to life imprisonment by the Mthatha High Court.
Last week, Pepping was convicted of raping a six-year-old girl in Lusikisiki in 2019. He lured the victim to his home with a promise of food and money.
Acting Judge Mvuzo Notyesi called the crime cruel and dehumanising.
During the trial, more than 20 witnesses testified against him.
Last month, former Eastern Cape Education official Louis Pepping was found guilty of rape: