The Cape high court yesterday jailed Dina Rodrigues and two accomplices for life for the Baby Jordan-Leigh Norton contract murder.
Judge Basheer Waglay said the murder in June 2005 was "calculated, callous and cold-blooded", and "cowardly and cruel in the extreme".
Rodrigues, pictured, had hired four accomplices to murder the six-month-old girl, fathered by her then-lover Neil Wilson during an earlier relationship with the baby's mother, Natasha.
Sipho Mfazwe and Mongezi Bobotyane, in addition to the life sentences they received, were also jailed for a further 10 years each for aggravated armed robbery relating to items they stole from the Norton home after the murder.
Zanethemba Gwada and Bonginkosi Sigenu were jailed for 15 years each for their part in the murder and robbery.
The judge said: "At no stage during the trial did Rodrigues show any remorse as the instigator of this heinous murder.
"Wilson, her lover at the time of the murder, described her as a loving and caring person, and her former school principal also had praise for her as a pupil.
"However, these words ring hollow against the background of what she did.
"Ultimately, hers was the hand that held the hand that murdered the baby."
He said she had "returned to the safety of her work place" after engaging taxi owner Mfazwe to recruit Bobotyane, Gwada and Sigenu to carry out the murder.
The judge added: "This was the most horrendous of crimes from a calculated, evil mind." - Sapa