During February 2020, Tazne van Wyk, an eight-year-old girl from Elsies River in the Cape, went missing. After two weeks her partially decomposed body was found in a drain pipe near the town of Worcester.
According to media reports, a 54-year-old male suspect was arrested in connection with the disappearance of Tazne. He has since appeared in court on charges of kidnapping and murder. At the time of committing the alleged offences supra, the suspect was out on parole.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that we hear of a parolee who committed offences while on parole. Refer in this regard to Naidu v Minister of Correctional Services 2017 (2) SACR 14 (WCC) which Pollex discussed in Servamus: December 2018. In this matter, the plaintiff (Afrikaans: “eiser”) was Ms S C Naidu, an educator from Somerset West in the Western Cape. She instituted civil proceedings before the High Court in Cape Town (“the trial court”) claiming damages (Afrikaans: “skadevergoeding”) in the amount of R1 332 000 from the Minister of Correctional Services. This claim arose from an attack perpetrated upon Ms Naidu in her home on 19 July 2010 by Marius Michaels who had been at the time, out on parole from the Brandvlei Correctional Centre, Worcester since 17 March 2010.