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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Follow-up: Wife of murdered Stellenbosch farmer in court

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Zurenah Smit is the wife of murdered farmer Stefan Smit. On Monday 14 December she handed herself over to police after evading arrest.

VK News had previously reported that police have arrested two men while a third suspect, a 54-year-old woman, managed to escape.  The woman has now been identified as Smit’s widow.

According to News24, Smit made her first court appearance yesterday. She together with two others face charges of murder, house robbery, illegal firearm and ammunition possession as well as assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

The two co-accused were arrested four days prior to Zurenah handing herself over to the police.

The co-accused are Derek Sait, a former policeman, and Steve Damon, Zurenah’s brother. Both co-accused were known to the couple and acted as their security detail.

At the time of his death, the Stellenbosch farmer was embroiled in a land dispute. In a New York Times interview, Smit complained about members from a nearby township who had begun erecting shacks at the back of his farm.

According to News24, the dispute was settled after the municipality purchased the land for R45 710 000.

Zurenah will be held in custody at Pollsmoor until her next court appearance.