A trial date has finally been set for Moyhdian Pangarker – the alleged murderer of Tazne van Wyk. The date given is 31 May 2021.
Tazne (8) – who hailed from Ravensmead – went missing from her home on 7 February 2020.
“Her body was subsequently found in a stormwater drain outside Worcester on 19 February 2020. This followed numerous searches, patrols and an extensive investigation into her disappearance,” informed Cayla Ann Tomás Murray, the spokesperson for the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz.
She had been missing for almost two weeks at the time of her discovery.
Pangarker was later apprehended on 17 February in Cradock, Eastern Cape following an investigation led by the Western Cape FCS detectives with crime intelligence in Cradock.
“The location of Tazne’s body was subsequently pointed out by the suspect,” said Murray.
Minister Fritz welcomed the set trial date, saying, “It is welcomed news that Tazne’s alleged murderer will now go to trial. I hope that this brings some peace of mind to the Van Wyk family who [has] suffered an immeasurable loss. No parent should have to endure the loss of their child. My deepest sympathies are with the Van Wyks and it is my hope that there will [be] justice in this matter.”
The minister added that he had initially requested that the Court Watching Brief unit monitor the case for any policing inefficiencies which could have resulted in the case being struck off the court roll.
“I am pleased to say that we discontinued this request as the case had been successfully investigated by SAPS and that the National Prosecuting Authority will secure a successful conviction with a sentence that will befit this heinous crime.”