Accused child killer cut off Tazne’s hand – charge sheet

Carmen Van Wyk, Tazne's mother, holds a picture of Tazne Van Wyk, 8. Picture: David Ritchie/African News Agency(ANA)

Moyhdian Pangkaeker cut off one of 8-year-old Tazne van Wyk’s hands after raping and killing her, according to charges put to him in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Pangkaeker, who is charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of Tazne as well as the desecration of her corpse, appeared before Magistrate Bukiwe Sambudla. Tazne’s parents, Carmen van Wyk and Terence Manuel, also attended. They had not been allowed inside the court at the previous hearing on Friday July 31.

At that time, National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesman Eric Ntabazalila said the accused was likely to face additional charges. On Monday those extra charges were put to him. He now faces 20 in all – one count each for murder, sexual assault, incest and violating or desecrating a corpse, three counts of common assault, 11 for rape and two for kidnapping..

Court papers say Tazne was taken, on Friday February 7, from her Connaught Estate home in Elsies River to Parow station and from there to Worcester.

Furthermore, according to the court documents, Pangkaeker then took her to, or near, the N1 in Worcester where he raped and murdered her. She died on Saturday February 8 from blunt-force trauma to her head, chest, neck and pelvic area “in a manner unknown”. 

One of her hands was then cut off. The crime was planned or premeditated and therefore carries a minimum sentence of life imprisonment.

The other charges, which date back to 2016, relate to Pangkaeker’s other alleged victims. 

Pangkaeker has been remanded to Goodwood prison until the start of his trial in the Western Cape High Court, which, according to Mr Ntabazalila, is expected to start in March next year. Pangkaeker will appear for a pre-trial conference on January 29.