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Tazné's body found

The provincial department of community safety has expressed shock after learning that the body of missing Tazné van Wyk (8) was found in a storm water pipe outside Worcester last night (Wednesday 19 February).

Tazné went missing from her home in Clare Street, Ravensmead on Friday 7 February.

Witnesses identified Moehydien Pangaker as the last person seen with Tazné before her disappearance.

He was arrested in Cradock in the Eastern Cape on Monday 17 February, before appearing in court briefly on Tuesday 18 February and then being taken by police back to Cape Town.

In a statement, provincial police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa says further interviewing with Pangaker led to the discovery of her body. 

“Further interviewing of the suspect by detectives led to the gruesome discovery of the body of the child in a storm water pipe outside Worcester on Wednesday evening as pointed out by him. He will be charged with murder and is expected to appear in the Goodwood magistrate’s court on Friday 21 February.

“As the investigation unfolds, the possibility of the suspect facing additional charges cannot be ruled out,” says Potelwa.

She adds: “The provincial police commissioner, Lt Gen Yolisa Matakata has hailed the diligence of the detective team involved as well as the search parties. She acknowledged that while the arrest would not bring back Tazne, the incarceration of the suspect would send a stern warning to would-be perpetrators.”

Speaking to TygerBurger this morning, provincial community safety minister, Albert Fritz, says they are shocked with the outcome of the investigation. 

“It’s a really sad day in the province. Premier Alan Winde and I spoke at 05:00 this morning and he too is devastated at the news. We hoped that Tazné would be found alive. This put a very dark shadow on us. We want to extend our deepest sympathy to her family because we saw what they went through. We will ensure that counselling is arranged,” says Fritz.

In a statement, provincial police spokesperson Brig Novela Potelwa says further interviewing with Pangaker led to the discovery of her body. 

“Further interviewing of the suspect by detectives led to the gruesome discovery of the body of the child in a storm water pipe outside Worcester on Wednesday evening as pointed out by him. He will be charged with murder and is expected to appear in the Goodwood magistrate’s court on Friday 21 February.

“As the investigation unfolds, the possibility of the suspect facing additional charges cannot be ruled out,” says Potelwa.

She adds: “The provincial police commissioner, Lt Gen Yolisa Matakata has hailed the diligence of the detective team involved as well as the search parties. She acknowledged that while the arrest would not bring back Tazne, the incarceration of the suspect would send a stern warning to would-be perpetrators.”


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