South Africa’s parole system, especially when it comes to the release of perpetrators of violent crimes and sexual offences, is in the spotlight.
This after the body of Tazne van Wyk 8, from Elsie’s River in Cape Town was found in a stormwater pipe outside Worcester in the Boland, two weeks after she went missing, and a 54-year-old man was arrested in connection with her death.
The 54-year-old suspect, who is known in the community, was arrested in Cradock, Eastern Cape on Monday and brought to Cape Town where he led detectives to Tazne van Wyk’s body.
Van Wyk’s aunt, Samantha Viljoen, slammed the government saying their child would still be alive if the alleged perpetrator had not been paroled.
Viljoen says, “Mr. President, how could you allow such people to come out? How many children must still die? How many Mr. President, we ask you… I really hope all of you that had a hand in this do not sleep. You must see the tears of the parents and family.”