WATCH | 'Lynch mob' torches three buildings after Tazne court appearance

21 February 2020 - 12:10 By Aron Hyman
A building near Goodwood magistrate's court burns as a crowd gathers outside a shop that was later looted on February 21 2020.
A building near Goodwood magistrate's court burns as a crowd gathers outside a shop that was later looted on February 21 2020.
Image: Esa Alexander

A rioting crowd set fire to three buildings on Friday after the court appearance of a man accused of kidnapping and murdering eight-year-old Tazne van Wyk.

The buildings were near Goodwood magistrate's court, in Cape Town, where Moydine Pangarker's appearance was delayed for 90 minutes by a crowd of protesters who forced their way into the building.

Community members said the buildings targeted by the crowd - which also included a shop, which was looted - were known as “illicit drug outlets”.

After overturning a car, the crowd abducted alleged sex workers and a suspected drug-dealer from one of the buildings and dragged them around nearby streets, forcing them to point out properties where drugs are sold.

“It's essentially a lynch-mob rampaging through the area,” said a bystander. 

TimesLIVE was told that one of the buildings that was set alight was targeted after people who left court once Pangarker was remanded in custody, told the crowd the 54-year-old had kept Tazne there after kidnapping her on February 7.

Residents said the area was plagued by drug-dealers and that they supported the actions of the protesters who attacked the buildings.

Police eventually used stun grenades to disperse the crowd and firefighters arrived to tackle the blazes.


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