UPDATE: Kameeldrift murder trial set to start today

Riekie and Jurie Steenberg in 2016. Photo: Facebook

The case against the two men accused of the murder of a Kameeldrift woman is set for Monday.

Dolfie Sambok and Karabo Semake were arrested last year for the murder of Riekie Steenberg during a robbery at her home in Kameeldrift.

The two appeared in the Pretoria High Court last Wednesday but the matter was postponed to today with Judge Bert Bam saying the postponement was to allow the accused to appoint own lawyers.

“Due to conflict of interest, one of the accused requested his own legal representation,” he said adding that the matter had dragged on too long.

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“Further delays will frown the court.”

Steenberg (50) was shot dead in her smallholding home in Leeufontein, Kameeldrift East more than two years ago.

Husband Jurie said three men broke into the home he shared with his wife in the early hours of the morning on 29 June 2016 and killed her.

He said his family needed closure.

Steenberg’s sister Daleen Smuts said the family was saddened by the 2 years of delays.

“My mother and father are taking it very hard. At the moment she’s is in bed and cannot walk.

“My sister’s son is also taking it hard. We just want justice to be served.”

Jurie said one of the robbers hit him on the head with an object.

“I shouted at my wife to shoot them, as she was closest to my gun on my bedside table.”

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Jurie said as Steenberg reached for the gun, one of the robbers fired the fatal shot, and he was also shot in his shoulder.

Jurie’s first wife, Suna, died after a similar attack in the same house in 2010.

She was shot then severely assaulted and later succumbed to her injuries after several months in a coma.

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