Accused in Tazne Van Wyk Case, Appears in Court


According to reports, the 54-year-old man who allegedly kidnapped and murdered Tazne Van Wyk appeared in court on Friday.

The man accused of Tazne’s murder has a criminal record that goes as far back as 1981, a total of 11 previous convictions which include, murder, culpable homicide, abduction and child neglect. The accused, Moydian Pangarker, led Police to a stormwater drain in Worcester where Tazne’s body was found.

Pangarker arrived at the Magistrates court under strict security. News 24 reports, “Pangarker stared straight ahead as his lawyer Nico Janse van Rensburg told the court that his client had been assaulted by police. His swollen left wrist was covered with what appeared to be healing cuts. According to Janse van Rensburg, Pangarker also suffered injuries to his ribs, arms and neck.”

The court ruled that no photographs may be taken of Pangarker at this stage.

Community members took to the streets on Friday to “get justice for Tazne”, they expressed anger and disgust as they “tried to force their way into court”, according to EWN Reporter, Lizell Persens.

The Public Order Policing (POP) and Parow Police were deployed to Parow where two houses were set alight and a vehicle overturned after the suspect’s appearance in court.

According to IOL, “Protesters allegedly torched the two houses amid rumours that eight-year-old Tazne had been kept there. The houses are apparently brothels.”

“The SAPS in Western Cape urges members of the public to refrain from taking the law into their own hands. Anyone who is found to have participated in such an unlawful act will be arrested & charged. The situation will be monitored until calm is restored.”

The case is postponed to 17 April for further investigation and the suspect did not apply for bail and will remain in custody.