During trial, he claimed he was in a consensual relationship with the 12 year old girl, but the judge dismissed it as “absolute nonsense”, saying a child could not give consent for sex and that this was an indication that Sikhakhane had no remorse for his actions.
Handing down the sentence in the high court in Joburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, Judge Eben Jordaan lambasted Sikhakhane for being ungrateful. he said the children’s mother worked extremely long hours to provide for all of them including Sikhakhane, who was unemployed, and whom she expected to take care of her children but unknown to her, she had left her children at home with a snake when she goes to work at night.
According to the judge, "The manner in which it happened was despicable. To prevent the neighbours from hearing as he raped them, he would turn on the radio and TV loud,”
Despite his lawyer plea for leniency because he was a first offender and needed a second chance, the judge handed him life sentences
The children’s mother moved in with Sikhakhane at the hostel at the beginning of 2012 after they had been in a relationship for a year. the 31-year-old mother cried tears of joy after the sentence, saying, “He got what he wanted now. When he was raping my children, where did he think this would end?”