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'We need drastic action from the community' - Tazne van Wyk's family

Family representative Ronnie Noemdoe said they are not sure what to say.

FILE: 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

JOHANNESBURG - The family of slain eight-year-old Tazne van Wyk is calling for drastic action for the community to stop attacks on children.

Van Wyk was laid to rest at Goodwood Uniting Reformed Church in Cape Town on Saturday morning.

She was found murdered in a stormwater drain near Worcester 11 days after she was snatched outside her Elsies River home earlier this month.

A neighbour, Moyhdian Pangarker, has been charged with her killing.

It's since emerged that the 54-year-old is a convicted murderer who was absconding parole.

Family representative Ronnie Noemdoe said they are not sure what to say.

"We can't just continue in saying enough is enough. We can't continue saying that my child is your child. We need drastic action from the community and the question this morning is what do we have as a community in our hands?"

WATCH LIVE: Tazne Van Wyk funeral, Cape Town: 29 February 2020

Speaking at the funeral service, Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo said children live in a society where they are killed by their close male relatives.

Mbombo says she is saddened by the child's death.

"Some of you might have seen Tazne's in the pictures. But some of us have seen her remains. Can you imagine how we feel right now? Can you imagine how Carmen feels right now? Our children are getting raped and murdered by their own fathers."

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