Stellenbosch in shock after well known wine farmer shot and killed in attack

thechamp

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The motive behind Smit's murder almost two weeks ago remains undetermined, with sources close to the case telling News24 that it didn't have the characteristics of a "typical" farm attack
What are the characteristics of a typical farm attack?
 
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Takes two to tango with willing buyer / willing seller - unfortunately there was a lack of willing sellers...
There was enough of them. Simply an ANC government who never had the intention of resolving a vote gathering mechanism.
 

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"The [Motlanthe] high-level panel [on assessment of key legislation and acceleration of fundamental change] said the reasons for our failures particularly on land reform are misguided policies, insufficient budget, failure to align the laws with the constitution, corruption, inefficient government systems, failure to fully exploit constitutional space especially in the area of expropriation without compensation, incorrect interpretation of the constitution,”
- NEC member Ronald Lamola at Luthuli House, May 2018

"Billions of rands earmarked for the development of an agrarian economy have been squandered across all provinces”
- Ruth Hall, member of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s land reform advisory panel.
 

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Buy the farmers weekly. Enough willing sellers around to satisfy anyone who really wants a farm.
These people don't want farms that have to be worked and maintained...they want free land to build shacks on, get free infrastructure and then live on it while waiting for their government hand outs.

Unfortunately the current government promised them all this, but do not know HOW to provide it.

So they sit back and let the people just take it.

Simple, really...
 

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90% of the reasons for land reform failure were the same reasons that everything fails under the ANC and the same reason EWC will fail - corruption - with a healthy dose of incompetence. As confirmed by the ANC itself, by civil society and by independent agencies. The horrific levels of corruption within any criminal enterprise, especially the ANC, simply does not lend itself to successful outcomes.
 

thechamp

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Murder, torture and rape...but with at least the added motivation/semblance of robbery.

This farm attack however, was an assassination....
Just because Afriforum popularises the one type over another does not make it typical, there are many aspects to farm attacks and murders, disgruntled employees, family feuds, robbery, and as you mentioned, torture and rape, none of which are unique to farm murders.

There are many attacks where it is just a simple robbery where valuables are taken and there is no loss of life, there are those where people are killed like in this instance, those ones are not too popular and since they don't fit in with the whole genocide agenda.
 

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Just because Afriforum popularises the one type over another does not make it typical, there are many aspects to farm attacks and murders, disgruntled employees, family feuds, robbery, and as you mentioned, torture and rape, none of which are unique to farm murders.

There are many attacks where it is just a simple robbery where valuables are taken and there is no loss of life, there are those where people are killed like in this instance, those ones are not too popular and since they don't fit in with the whole genocide agenda.
As you were.
 

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The sooner there is a legitimate process for land redistribution the better, people are getting impatient and pissed off and this sort of thing will unfortunately become more common if the government doesn't get going with the redistribution of land in a legal orderly manner.
I'm poor, and I'm tired, impatient and pissed off at being poor. Please give me your address and I'll send someone around to liberate what you own since that's fine with you. :rolleyes:
 

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I'm poor, and I'm tired, impatient and pissed off at being poor. Please give me your address and I'll send someone around to liberate what you own since that's fine with you. :rolleyes:
That is not what the post to which you're responding actually says however.
 

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That is not what the post to which you're responding actually says however.
It excuses this behaviour. And nothing excuses murder in a violent country such as ours. It should condemned regardless of what the perceived cause is.

I'm pro land reform, just not the way this is hapenning.
 
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So the authorities are investigating a different angle to this story...:unsure:

Mystery shrouds Stellenbosch farm attack

Cape Town - The fatal shooting of wine farmer Stefan Smit is no longer being regarded by police as a farm murder and investigations are now focused on suspects personally linked to the victim.

This has been confirmed by several informed sources who say the June 2 murder on the Stellenbosch wine estate, Louiesenhof, does not bear the hallmarks of a “typical” farm attack or home invasion.

According to initial police reports, Smit, 62, was having supper with his wife Zurenah, 53, and a family friend, former wine estate owner Emilia Allemann, 71, a Swiss national, around 7pm when four men, allegedly wearing balaclavas, “entered through an unlocked door and shot and killed him”.

Both women survived the shooting, said police spokesperson Lieutenant- Colonel Andrè Traut. Only two cellphones and a handbag were said to have been stolen during the incident.

The women remain the only witnesses to the murder and one is said to be a crucial witness in the cops’ new line of investigation.

Police suspicions that Smit’s murder was not a home invasion were also raised when a close inspection of the home and perimeter fencing found no signs of forced entry.

Close examination of CCTV footage also revealed no attackers leaving or entering the home.

Investigators have been told that the invaders gained entry through an open door. But they have found no evidence of this and, given Smit’s known obsession with security, are treating that version with suspicion.

Furthermore, 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, which is typical of farm murders. 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.

Police also smelt a rat when they learnt that Smit recently changed his will after finding about R200000 stolen from his safe, and that he suspected it was an inside job. He did not lay any charges after the cash disappeared.

Reliable sources also say that another piece in the puzzle is that certain beneficiaries now stand to inherit less from Smit’s new will.

Police were also perplexed to learn that Smit’s bodyguard, Brad van Eyslend, was in his nearby room at the time of the attack. He told cops that although he was only metres from where Smit’s body was found, he had heard nothing amiss and was alerted to the shooting by one of the witnesses.
 
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