She should’ve celebrated her 10th birthday this year. It’s the double-digit milestone youngsters look forward to as it means they’ve left their little-kid years behind and are on their way to becoming teenagers.
Tazne van Wyk would have been in Grade 4, a big sister to two younger girls. But Tazne will never grow up, never fall in love or get married or know the joy of becoming a mother.
A little more than a year ago, she was abducted, raped, murdered and her body mutilated in a crime that beggared belief and dominated headlines for days. Now the man accused of her slaying is preparing to stand trial – and her parents, Carmen van Wyk (28) and Terence Manual (32), can only hope it will bring them some closure.