R10 000 reward for location of Tazne van Wyk and suspect
Today, the Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, visited both the SAPS Ravensmead station’s operation center and Carmen van Wyk, the mother of Tazne van Wyk (8). Tazne was reported missing on Friday, 7 February 2020. Minister Fritz announced that an award of R10 000 will be given to anyone who provides any information leading to both the location of Tazne and the arrest of the suspect.
Yesterday, riots broke out in Ravensmead amidst misinformation of the suspect’s whereabouts causing unrest and damage to infrastructure. Minister Fritz has called on communities to support the police in their investigation and not to respond to any information through acts of vigilantism. All patrols must be reported to the local SAPS Station Commander to ensure the safety of those on patrols and the improved distribution of information to aid SAPS in their investigation.
Minister Fritz said, “Having visited the mother of the Tazne van Wyk, I have arranged that a social worker be sent to her to by the Department of Social Development to provide her with psycho-social services during this period of great uncertainty. I further advised her mother that a R10 000 reward will be made to anyone with any information which leads to both the location of Tazne and the arrest of the suspect. Reports can be made by call, WhatsApp or SMS to 078 330 9333. Alternatively, you can email Police.Oversight@westerncape.gov.za”
Minister Fritz added, “I call on those wishing to assist in search efforts to do so in a coordinated manner by alerting their local SAPS Station Commander of their intention to patrol. This will ensure both the safety of those on patrol and ensure that any information relating to the case will be directly shared with SAPS and aid them in their investigation.”
“Thus far, my Department has assisted by mobilising Neighbourhood Watch structures and Community Policing Forums to assist in the search. I would like to thank all stakeholders including SAPS, Pink Ladies, Western Cape Missing Persons Unit and community members for their search efforts,” said Minister Fritz.
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