Murdered Stellenbosch farmer Stefan Smit’s wife arrested after evading cops for 4 days | News24

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  • Zurenah Smit, the wife of murdered Stellenbosch farmer Stefan Smit, handed herself over to the police on Monday.
  • She was arrested four days after police, armed with a search warrant, had gone knocking at the doors of her relatives.
  • Two men have also been arrested in connection with the murder: Derek Sait, one of the couple’s bodyguards and a former policeman, as well as Steven Damon, his brother-in-law.

Zurenah Smit, the wife of murdered Stellenbosch farmer Stefan Smit, handed herself over to the Stellenbosch police on Monday, making her the third accused in her husband’s killing.

Flanked by her attorneys, she reported to the local police station, where she is being held, shortly after 07:00, a police source told News24.

She was arrested four days after police, armed with a search warrant, had gone knocking at the doors of her relatives.

At the time, police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut had said she had managed to evade arrest and was being sought.

That same day, two men were arrested.

Derek Sait and Steven Damon appeared in the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder, house robbery, illegal firearm and ammunition possession as well as assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.

They are expected to apply for bail when they return to the dock on Thursday.

Sait, a former policeman, was one of the couple’s bodyguards. Damon is his brother-in-law.

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Smit, 62, was shot dead in a house robbery on Louiesenhof on 2 June 2019 when four armed suspects entered his home through an unlocked door while he, Zurenah and a family friend were having dinner.

He was shot multiple times in the head and upper body. His wife and their guest were not injured.

The suspects were understood to have fled with only two cellphones and a handbag, bypassing security measures such as a double fencing system, an electric fence and barbed wire.

In 2019, Netwerk24 reported that Zurenah had not inherited anything from her husband’s estate after he had changed his will in December 2018.

The publication quoted sources who said Smit’s two daughters from his first marriage, Louie and Martine, inherited a foreign investment worth several millions, while the rest of his estate was apparently bequeathed to the Ribbok Hills Trust, of which the beneficiaries are his sister and daughters. His first wife, Esmé Smit, is reportedly one of the trustees.

Zurenah, who married Smit out of community of property in 2005, would ostensibly only have the right of residence in a Stellenbosch retirement village, the report said.

While she could keep any gifts received from Smit before his death, any loans would have to be repaid to his estate.

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