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South African Stellenbosch winemaker's wife charged with murder

Zurenah Smit, the wife of murdered Stellenbosch winery owner Stefan Smit, has been charged with murder, robbery and assault, News24 reports.

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On June 2, 2019, Stefan Smit of Louiesenhof Wines was killed by four armed suspects.

Zurenah Smit, 54, appeared in Stellenbosch"s Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after turning himself in to police on Monday, according to the South African news site.

Two men, former police officer Derek Salt, who was a bodyguard for the couple, and his brother-in-law Steven Damo, were also charged.

Smit, who wore a black hijab and blue medical mask in court, was reading Islamic scriptures as she waited for the proceedings to begin, News24 reported.

The case was postponed until Thursday due to a bail application. In addition to murder, Smit faces charges of robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm and assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

On June 2, 2019 local time, 62-year-old Stefan Smit of Louiesenhof Wine Ltd. was shot and killed by four armed suspects in front of his wife over a land dispute.

Stefan Smit and a friend of his were having dinner at 7 p.m. when four men in overhead, exposed caps walked in through an unlocked door and shot him, according to Time Life.

Zurenah is currently being held at Polesmu Prison in South Africa, a maximum security prison in Cape Town, until her next court appearance.