December 7, 2021

State alleges murder of Wynand Smit was staged by his wife

Van Eysland was the one to allegedly approach Sait, who worked as a security guard on the farm, to become part of the plot.

State alleges murder of Wynand Smit was staged by his wife

State alleges murder of Wynand Smit was staged by his wife photo credit: MSN

The State alleged that the murder of wine farmer, Wynand Smit (62,) who was shot and killed on 2 June 2019 at Louisenhof Farm in Stellenbosch, was staged by his wife.

Smit was shot and killed by masked intruders while eating dinner. The State alleges that his wife, Zurenah Smit, hired hitmen to stage a fake robbery and murder her husband.

The hitmen were reporetedly offered R2 million each to kill the wine farmer and Zurenah allegedly told the hitmen that she would change her husband’s will to ensure that she could pay them.

Zurenah Smit, Karel Derek Sait and Steven James Damon face 14 charges which include murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, forgery, uttering, illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of ammunition.

Court papers state that shortly after a land invasion on the wine farmer’s property in 2018, he hired Bradley Shawn van Eysland to oversee security on Louisenhof Farm. A close relationship allegedly formed between van Eysland and Zurenah and she reportedly told him she was in an unhappy marriage and that she wanted her husband killed.

Van Eysland was the one to allegedly approach Sait, who worked as a security guard on the farm, to become part of the plot.

The State further contends that when Wynand Smit was considering ending van Eysland’s contract he sent threats to Smit in an attempt to frighten him into changing his mind.

The State contends that between 9-14 November 2018 Zurenah Smit, with van Eysland’s assistance, drugged Wynand Smit with sleeping pills so they could get hold of the safe keys which he kept in a moon bag around his waist.

They allegedly removed from the safe: R235,000, a pistol, three Krugerrands worth R20,650 each, a Mandela/De Klerk coin worth R23,000 and a half-ounce Krugerrand worth R9,200.

The State alleges that Van Eysland and Zurenah Smit decided that they needed assistance from another person to kill Wynand Smit and Damon allegedly agreed to assist them.

The summary of facts indicates they agreed to stage a robbery during which Smit would be killed in front of a witness.

Emilia Allerman was invited to dinner with the wine farmer and his wife on the evening of 2 June 2019.

A door that allowed access to the room where Smit, his wife and Allerman were eating was left unlocked. The State claims that Van Eysland, Sait and Damon entered the room and Sait and Damon allegedly shot and killed Smit.

After Smit was murdered, the State alleges that Zurenah Smit forged her late husband’s will. This gave her power of attorney, full control over the management of his assets, yields from his pension and an undisclosed number of diamonds in safekeeping in Germany.

The accused are out on bail of R10,000 and are under house arrest. Sait and Zurenah Smit are also out on an additional bail of R5,000 after firearms and ammunition were found in Sait’s house 18 months after the murder.

The matter was postponed to 18 February 2022. 

Sources: NewsInAfrica, MSN

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