8-year-old Tazne van Wyk’s body has been found

The 54-year old suspect was the child’s neighbour

Police have confirmed that they found the body of Tazne van Wyk in a drain outside Worcester. This devastating news comes after a two-week-long search for the 8-year-old child.

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Found after a two-week search

You may have seen the countless posts and shares on social media as Tazne’s family and many South Africans rallied to find her and bring her home.

Tazne van Wyk from Ravenmsead went missing two weeks ago. She was last seen walking to a tuck shop near her home. The police have just confirmed that they found her body late last night in a stormwater pipe outside Worcester.

This was after two weeks of searching and a R10 000 reward for anyone coming forward with information.


The suspect was her neighbour

The 54-year old suspect was the child’s neighbour in Ravensmead. He had allegedly just come out of prison. Captain FC van Wyk confirms that Moehydien Pangarker, is a “person of interest” in the case. Following his arrest, Pangarker pointed the police to the location during an interview.

He was arrested in the Eastern Cape on Monday. Today, the police are bringing him back to Cape Town on a kidnapping charge. He will be charged with murder and appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

‘In a province that is notorious for crimes against women and children, we reiterate our resolve to ensure the perpetrators of these heinous acts are brought to book in order to face the full might of the law,’ says Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata.


Tazne’s family are getting counselling

After an unimaginable two weeks, they have just been informed of their daughter’s death and are getting counselling. Our thoughts are with Tazne’s parents, Terence Manuel and Carmen van Wyk. Your child is our child. We mourn with you.

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