According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the man charged with Tazne van Wyk (8 )’s kidnapping and murder has an all-time high criminal record.
Moyhdine Pangarker, 54, was first sentenced in 1981 for theft and housebreaking after two incidents in Elsies River.
In 1988, he was convicted of an assault case in Ravensmead. Three years later in 1991, he was convicted of theft in Kimberley. Then in 1998 he was found guilty of housebreaking in Laingsburg.
According to information provided by the NPA spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila, he was found guilty of assault in 2003 in Ladismith, Western Cape. He was also convicted of assault in Ladismith in 2003. The same year, he was found to have breached the conditions for his correctional supervision and was also convicted.
He was arrested in 2003 for the kidnapping and abuse of his two-year-old namesake, Moyhdine Pietersen. The case began in 2004 and in 2008 he was found guilty of kidnapping, child abuse and culpable homicide. He was sentenced to ten years in prison for all three convictions.
Pangarker was released on parole in October 2016. He had to live in Ladismith for the duration of his parole.
On February 6, 2019, he was declared missing after the Department of Correctional Services failed to locate him after many visits to the address where he was to stay during his parole.
In February 2019, a case was brought to the police.
Two days before he allegedly kidnapped Tazne, Ladismith police contacted correctional services to say Pangarker was being sought by the Worcester police station for a court case there. However, he never showed up at court.