The suspect in Tazné van Wyk’s murder case was charged in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Monday with 20 charges.
In addition to the murder of eight-year-old Tazné, Moehydien Pangaker (54) is now facing 11 charges of rape, three charges of general assault, two charges of kidnapping as well as cases of incest, sexual assault and mutilation.
The charges relate to the alleged repeated rape and assault of some of his family members. Pangaker, a former offender, was jailed in 2001 for the murder of his son. He was out on parole at the time of Tazné’s murder.
Tazné’s murder case will now be transferred to the Western Cape High Court and Pangaker will plead guilty during his pre-trial hearing.
This after Tazné’s body was found in a stormwater pipe outside Worcester in February this year.
It was previously reported that Tazné disappeared on February 7 when she walked to a shop opposite their house in Clare Street in Ravensmead.
At the time of her disappearance, Pangaker was living temporarily with his cousin Abigail Adams, opposite Tazné’s parental home. The cafe where Tazné bought ice cream in the afternoon is right next to the Adams home.
The state now alleges that Pangaker lured Tazné to the train station in Parow after which he allegedly took her to Worcester before finally raping and killing her.
“He chopped off her right hand and hid her body in a stormwater pipe along the N1 highway,” the charge sheet reads.
According to court documents, a post-mortem examination attributed the cause of Tazné’s death to abnormal trauma to the head, neck and chest.
Pangaker, who has so far been detained at Goodwood Prison, will soon be moved to Pollsmoor Prison.
The case has been adjourned until January 29, 2021.