Man accused of killing 8-year-old Tazné van Wyk tells court how he ended up on CCTV footage with her

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  • The man accused of murdering and raping little Tazné van Wyk told an elaborate story of how he ended up in Worcester with her.
  • He claimed she appeared out of nowhere and got into a taxi to help the occupants with directions to Malawi Camp. 
  • The people in the taxi then drove them all the way to Worcester. 

The absconded parolee accused of the rape and murder of eight-year-old Tazné van Wyk weaved an elaborate tale of how the little girl ended up being captured with him on CCTV footage at a petrol station outside Worcester. 

Testifying in his trial in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, the accused said the two of them were driven to Worcester in a minibus taxi by people who spoke a foreign language he did not understand. 

The journey involved a long detour to Malawi Camp next to Cape Town International Airport, a stopover in Parow to get him a new travel bag, and a delay in Paarl where the taxi driver stopped to buy a fish parcel. 

The accused said he felt something was off about the people in the taxi, but said he couldn't do anything because his phone's battery was flat.

Tazné vanished on 7 February 2020 and her body was found almost two weeks later in a storm drain near Worcester, along the N1. 

READ | Man accused of killing Tazné van Wyk, 8, forgets her name during testimony

The accused initially said he did not know the little girl, then said he first saw her at a spaza shop, and eventually testified that she called him uncle.

The man may not be named because many of the 20 charges he faces include the sexual assault and rape of relatives, including his daughter, who he impregnated. He is also accused of chopping little Tazné's left hand off and leaving her to decompose in a storm drain outside Worcester. 

On Tuesday, he told the court he first saw Tazné at a tuck shop next to the house in which he rented a room. Next, she appeared at his side as he was about to cross a road on his way to the mosque before heading to Worcester. 

Apologising for his poor speech - he said his false teeth were broken - he launched into the long-awaited account of the little girl's last moments. 

He said as he was walking to mosque when a Quantum taxi had pulled up asking for directions to Malawi Camp.

READ | 'I didn't know her': Man on trial for killing Tazné van Wyk says he had never even seen her before 

The occupants did not speak a language he understood, but a woman in the taxi managed to communicate with him.

They offered him money to show them where the place is. He testified that Tazné got into the taxi and said the two of them would show them where it is. He said he felt obliged to get in with her. 

He said they drove to Malawi Camp where someone gave the driver a blue bag. The driver said he would take them to Parow, and in Parow, the driver stopped to get a bag for the accused, and a scarf for the woman in the taxi. 

He said he could not understand their language as it was foreign to him, adding he had a bad feeling about them.

The accused added that the taxi then drove to Paarl, where the other occupants bought a fish parcel. 

The taxi then headed for Worcester, and they were dropped on the side of the road just outside the town. They walked along the road, and a couple in a BMW stopped to ask if Tazné was cold. The woman gave Tazné her jacket and then gave the two of them a lift to a petrol station. 

READ | Head split with 'severe force': Court hears horrific details of little Tazne van Wyk's final moments

The man refused to give them a lift back to Cape Town, saying he had four to five chickens in the BMW and did not trust people with them. 

Without a lift, they saw lights in the distance and walked towards them along the N1, getting cold. 

Tazné complained she was cold and wished they had his travel bag because it had a duvet in it.

Apparently, she was not too worried.

Mimicking a child's voice, he said Tazné asked: "Are we going to stand here the night, uncle?

They walked along the highway trying to get a lift, and were also hitchhiking.

Eventually, he heard a bakkie hooting. 

When it stopped, he said it was the dodgy people from the Quantum again, only in a different car. 

The trial continues. 

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