The man, who also has a long list of previous convictions, including housebreaking, theft and assault, was arrested and he has been in custody ever since.
Handing down sentence in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Friday, Judge Elna Revelas said the little girl had been raped and abused in the most “disgusting manner”.
“You should have looked after her with your life. She trusted you with her life,” Judge Revelas said.
The judge said the heinousness of the crime and the severe injuries the little girl sustained from the continuous sexual abuse were so severe, it outweighed the man’s poor socioeconomic circumstances.She said his background and poor living conditions could therefore not act as mitigating factors.