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Tazné’s case brings thousands to court

Goodwood police are anticipating another big crowd when the man accused of the kidnapping and murder of Tazné van Wyk makes his second court appearance on Friday 17 April.

Emotions were running high outside Goodwood magistrate’s court on Friday 21 February as Moyhdian Pangkaeker (54) made his first appearance.

Outside court, about 1 500 supporters gathered, chanting for the death penalty to be brought back.

They chased after a police van transporting another suspect, thinking it was Pangkaeker.

“Fortunately there were no incidents which needed police action. We cordoned off a section of Voortrekker Road, from the court until Hugo Street as we expected a big turnout of people. We are however anticipating a bigger turnout when he makes his next appearance,” said police spokesperson Capt Waynne Theunis.

On Friday 21 February, Pangkaeker entered the packed court showing visible injuries which he claimed were inflicted by police.

Tazné’s parents, Terence Manuel and Carmen van Wyk, stood motionless as the man who had allegedly taken their eight-year-old daughter’s life stood less than ten metres away from them.

Dressed in a black shirt, which was pulled over his head (to prevent the gallery from seeing his face) and a khaki pants with green flip flops, Pangkaeker stirred up anger from the community.

Tazné disappeared from her home in Ravensmead on Friday 7 February.

Her body was found in a storm water drain along the N1 outside of Worcester after Pangkaeker pointed it out to police on Wednesday 19 February.

Magistrate Bukiwe Sambudla postponed the case to Friday 17 April for further investigation. Sambudla was informed by Pangkaeker’s lawyer that he had injuries to his ribs, neck and wrists.

“He also showed injuries to his right leg and left arm,” Sambudla said.

Defence lawyer Nico Janse van Rensburg told the court that his client won’t be applying for bail, to which state prosecutor Michael Greenwood responded, “if a bail application is made, the state will oppose it.”

Prior to the court hearing, Nelly Mpanssi from Connaught Estate told TygerBurger she saw Tazné a day before she disappeared.

“I am Tazné’s mother’s aunt. My family is very devastated. I feel like I have a grudge burning inside me.

The last time I saw her was the Thursday before she went missing. She was playing very peacefully at the park which is enclosed and adjacent to where she stayed.

“This is really a difficult time for everyone because we just want to know why he killed her?

“What did she do to deserve this? She was such a good and happy child,” said Mpanssi.

TygerBurger visited her home on Thursday 20 February, only hours after the family had received the news that her body was found.

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