Stellenbosch man killed in farm attack

Police say four armed men entered the victim’s house last night through an unlocked door and shot him.

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CAPE TOWN - A man was killed in an attack at a Stellenbosch farm on Sunday night.

Police say four armed men entered Stefan Smit house last night through an unlocked door and shot him.

The police's Andre Traut said: “The suspects fled with personal belongings. Anyone who can assist police with the investigation is kindly requested to contact Crime Stop at 08600 10111.”

The man's family was also at home but was not hurt.

Agri Western Cape expressed its shock following the murder of the wine farmer. The organisation's Jannie Strydom said the president had previously met with farmers and encouraged them to stay in the country.

“We would like to urgently request President Cyril Ramaphosa to defend his statement made on 9 April when he met with farmers. We ask him, Mr President, how must we encourage them to stay in the country? It’s not just farmers but the farmworkers as well.”

Last month there was a similar attack at a farm in Bonnievale in which Tool Wessels was murdered.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)