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Five things about the Stefan Smit murder that raises suspicion

Wife's explanation?
Wife of slain Stellenbosch farmer, Stefan Smit arrested

As fresh details about murdered Stellenbosch farmer emerge, the first account of the incident seems to be losing its authenticity.

Previously it was reported that four men entered Smit’s home wearing balaclavas and shot him. Smit, 62, is said to have been having dinner with his wife Zurenah, 53, and a family friend Allemann, 71 who both survived the attack.

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New details have emerged about the incident, which are raising questions about the original account of Stefan Smits murder.

No attackers spotted on CCTV footage

Police investigations have revealed that close inspection of CCTV surveillance shows no attackers leaving or entering the home.

Wife’s explanation

Zurenah, who is Smits second wife is  alleged to have given a statement saying that she has no explanation how the murderers gained access to the house and shot only Smit in the presence of other people who escaped unharmed. A close inspection of the home and perimeter fencing found no signs of forced entry.

No ransack

Moreover, there was no evidence that the home was ransacked for valuables, nor did the invaders torture their victims for the whereabouts of a safe or firearms. After shooting Smit in the head and chest, the alleged perpetrators fled without even searching him for a wallet, leaving cash and the safe keys in his pocket.

The bodyguard

It is also interesting to note that Smit’s bodyguard Brad van Eyslend, was in his nearby room, only meters away from where Smit’s body was found, however he had not heard anything and was only alerted of the attack by one of the witnesses.

The changed will

Smit is also said to have changed his will a few weeks before the alleged farm attack. Smit changed his will after  R200000 was stolen from his safe, and he suspected it was an inside job.




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