Monday, May 17, 2010

Man arrested for Anika Smit's murder

This is a follow-up report on the savage murder of a 17-year old school girl, who was found murdered and dismembered (arms chopped off) in her Pretoria home during March this year. See my previous post: -- We are living among savages.

I was wondering when the police were going to make an arrest in this case.

Details are still sketchy, but here is the latest news from Jacaranda FM:

By Phathu Musitha

Gauteng police this morning arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the murder of 17-year-old Anika Smit who was brutally murdered in her Pretoria home earlier this year.

Police spokesperson Lungelo Dlamini says they followed up on information which eventually led to his arrest.

Dlamini says the suspect is expected to appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

He could not confirm reports that the suspect could be a security guard at The Carousel Casino in Hamanskraal, north of Pretoria.

Her father, Johan Smit, discovered her naked body during the afternoon of 10 March.

She had been assaulted and had stab marks on parts of her body. Her hands had also been chopped off.

The teenager had not gone to school that morning, because she was not feeling well due to an ear infection.

At the time of her murder, her father believed that the Grade 11 pupil at Hoerskool Gerrit Maritz knew her killer, as she would not let strangers into the house. Source:

Picture Source:
The picture of Anika was taken from the Facebook Page, established in honour of her memory.


Concerned South African said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thanks for the update mate. Was wondering what was going on with this case. As you say the details are very sketchy to say the least. Guess we all going to have to wait till Wednesday.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

It was an ex boyfriend... can you believe he was at the funeral puting on a good show for everyone with his emotional facade.. After how Anika was murdered and the way he carried on with his life afterwards as though nothing happened - all I can say is he will get his day.... as well as any accomplice!! When the time comes I will sit in court with Anika's mother and I will make known how pathetic and inhuman I think he is... God will do the rest!! Hope he does not commit suicide (this is what most accused do when they THINK they got away with murder)cause he needs to feel Anika's pain over and over...

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thank you for the update.. Anika and i had a relationship bfore she move to pta,i still cant get over this! I will be in court

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

There have been so many horrific murders in this country, but for some reason the murder of Anika Smit stuck in my mind. I had her name on Google Alert for many weeks. I was at the point of placing that “Who Killed Me? poster on the blog, when her killer was finally arrested. When I mentioned this fact to others, most people had already forgotten who she was, until I mentioned that she was the young lady who lost her limbs.

More and more people living in our society are following Cain’s Ways, and it will not surprise me that her killer(s) were on hard drugs or alcohol (or both) while committing this horrendous crime. The Justice System has a tendency to protect these people when it comes to dealing out punishment. I say that we should go back to the old ways – an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a limb for a limb. The death sentence is too merciful and too quick. Let him spend the rest of his days in prison (or a psycho ward), with both his arms amputated. The sooner we dish out this type of punishment, the sooner crimes of this nature will stop, -- BUT I suppose this will never happen in a DEMOcratic civil society – not in my lifetime!

(Wednesday 19 May 2010)

The day will be marked by hundreds of memorandums being handed over to police stations across South Africa. The Solidarity Movement wants to hand over memorandums to as many of the 1,100 police stations in South Africa as possible. Foreign embassies and South Africans abroad will also be involved.

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” – (Matthew 10:28 - KJV)

Concerned South African said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ anon May 18, 2010 7:06 AM

Would just like to add that I think pronouncing guilt before the case is heard is a bit premature. Innocent till proven guilty, this is only the first person they arrested. Until the police and courts provide some hard evidence and proper testimony, I will reserve my judgment.

Unless you have some information that the public doesn't have, I would suggest doing the same. You never know, one day you might find yourself in a similar position. Simply being a dejected ex-boyfriend doesn't make one a killer.

Concerned South African said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

That was meant to say, "@ anon May 17, 2010 10:25 PM."

Sorry for the mistype.

Concerned South African said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Niko Venter, seems he was granted bail of R10000.

Got the link from the SAS blog.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@ Concerned South African,

Thanks, --- I've been following this story, since the first day of hr murder. I don’t see any point in blogging about the latest events if the news is already scattered all over the web. However, I thinks this will be a very interesting case to follow.

Personally, I don’t believe this one suspect is the only culprit. It’s easy to speculate, but I suppose it’s best to wait and see what develops with the court proceedings, and possible future investigations into this matter.

Concerned South African said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Yeah, it would be best to let the case take its course. However, I was a bit confused when I read that article. Did he confess or was his lawyer simply saying that he has no previous criminal record?

"He told the court through his attorney that he was a first-time offender and had no intention of leaving the country and had co-operated with the investigator in the case."

Even though it's just a bail hearing, words like the one above make it sound like he confessed.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

No confessions were made. It was just clever words spoken by his attorney to get his bail approved. "Co-operating with the investigator", means he didn't run away during the arrest, and neither did he try escaping after the arrest.

Concerned South African said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Thanks for the clarification. Although I was more confused about the "first-time offender" part. In my opinion you're not an offender unless you have done something wrong. It would seem his attorney simply stated he has no prior criminal record and hence, as you say, didn't pose the risk of running away or pose a danger to society.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

It has now come to light that a SECOND suspect is sought in connection with this gruesome murder. The fact that South Africa’s top detective Brigadier Piet Byleveld has been ordered to take over this investigation, AFTER the arrest of the suspect Nico Venter, tells me there is more to this case than meets the eye. Brigadier Byleveld also seems puzzled why Venter was released on bail.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I was going to celebrate my birthday on March 13 but when i read about this gruesome killing, i came to a sudden halt. What is going on here!as a father of of a schoolgirl as well. There is so much leads in this case...that the top detective can follow.1.Who did hear that Anika was at home and unwell?Was someone informed and used this info...Was her hands cut of cos here fingernails held incriminating evidence...clever killer eh!Was her hands sold as body parts...please IO

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