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

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Stefan Smit, 62, owner of the wine farm Louiesenhof on the outskirts of Stellenbosch, was shot and killed in his house on Sunday night.

Louiesenhof was the subject of a land occupation in August 2018, when hundreds of residents of nearby Kayamandi and surrounds started erecting informal housing and shacks on the property. Smit interdicted further occupation of his property and authorities evicted the illegal occupiers shortly thereafter.

The occupation occurred during the heightened national debate over the expropriation of land without compensation.

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