Lana, the sister of the Hawks Colonel Christelle Stemmet, insists that it was not in her nature to take her own life. Stemmet is believed to have shot herself in her Table View home.
Christelle Stemmet’s sister Lana said their mom Aletta, sister Adrie Nel and her two children had seen Christelle on the morning of her death, as they had travelled from Vredendal to visit her that weekend. They had left at about 09:00 that Sunday morning. At 19:45, Stemmet was found dead on her bed.
Lana claims she and her sister Christelle Stemmet had potted plants that morning. She questioned why Christelle would have done that if she planned to commit suicide.
When the story came out it was initially reported that the shooting resulted from a domestic dispute.
An inquest docket has been opened.
According to Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase, Stemmet died on the scene.
The gardener, who lives on the premises heard a shot and entered the house. Stemmet’s friend Leon Dietrich had reportedly called the police. The men then heard a second shot and broke down the door to the guest room.
At the time of her death, Stemmet was leading probes into major corruption scandals at state-owned petrochemical company PetroSA.
News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson met Stemmet during his own investigation into PetroSA. He wrote in a column that Stemmet had told him two days before her death that she no longer had a position in the new structure of the Hawks and would have been moved to a “normal policing job in Beaufort West or George”.