CAPE TOWN, February 20 (ANA) – Western Cape community safety MEC Albert Fritz on Thursday extended his condolences to the family of eight-year-old Tazne van Wyk, following the discovery of her body outside Worcester on Wednesday night…

“I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family of Tazne van Wyk. They have endured a tumultuous period of uncertainty, confusion and pain. No parent should have to endure the loss of their child. A social worker will be deployed to debrief the family, following the news of Tazne’s death,” Fritz said.

He said the city’s watching brief unit had been activated to monitor the court case as it commenced.

“I have been informed that as the investigation unfolds, the possibility of the suspect facing additional charges cannot be ruled-out. As the investigation is ongoing, I call on anyone with any further information to immediately come forward and report such to their local SAPS or by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111.”

Angry and emotional community members gathered outside the home of the child in Elsies River, Cape Town, earlier on Thursday.

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Tazne went missing from her parent’s Ravensmead house almost two weeks ago.

Police found the child’s body in a storm water pipe following the arrest of a suspect earlier in the week. The man lead authorities to the location of the corpse.

Provincial police spokesperson, brigadier Novela Potelwa said the 54-year-old suspect had been arrested in Cradock, Eastern Cape, following an extensive investigation.

“The suspect appeared briefly in court on Tuesday, in Cradock on a charge of kidnapping. The suspect was later transported to Cape Town. Further interviewing of the suspect by detectives led to the gruesome discovery of the body of the child in a storm water pipe outside Worcester on Wednesday evening as pointed out by him,” Potelwa said.

The man is expected to appear in the Goodwood Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Friday.

Potelwa added that, as the investigation unfolded, the possibility of the suspect facing additional charges could not be ruled-out.

Provincial police commissioner, lieutenant-general Yolisa Matakata hailed the diligence of the detective team involved in the case, as well as the search parties.

She acknowledged that while the arrest would not bring back Tazne, the  incarceration of the suspect would send a stern warning to would-be perpetrators.

“In a province that is notorious for crimes against  women and children, we reiterate our resolve to ensure the perpetrators of these heinous acts are brought to book in order to face the full might of the law,” said Matakata.

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