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Community rallies round family after missing Tazne van Wyk's body found

The 8-year-old girl's body was found near Worcester last night after she went missing from her Elsies River home two weeks ago.

Neighbours, friends, relatives and classmates gather outside Tazne van Wyk's home in Elsies River after news of her death came to light on 20 February 2020. Picture: Lizell Persens/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An Elsies River community is reeling following the murder of a young girl from the area.

Tazne van Wyk's body was found on Wednesday night. She'd been missing for days.

A neighbour, Moehydien Pangaker, was arrested for her kidnapping and murder.

Police said that he led detectives to a storm drain in Worcester where the girl's body was discovered.

Some community members cried as they stood outside Tazne van Wyk's family home in Elsies River.

The girl's distraught mother, Carmen, collapsed after she was told her daughter's body had been found.

She was taken to a nearby hospital where she’s under sedation.

The eight-year-old’s aunt, Samantha Viljoen, never expected that her niece would become another victim of violent crime.

"Stop killing our children. They are our future. They're children... they're supposed to be something in life... why are you doing this?"

Louise Wingrove, a neighbour who helped search for Van Wyk, was in disbelief.

"I was so heart sore when my daughter finished her night shift and told me that the little girl was murdered."

Moehydien Pangaker will appear in the Goodwood magistrates court on Friday.

VIDEO: Murder suspect leads police to body of Tazne van Wyk (8)

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