Wild rumours follow farm killing
Jacques Steenkamp, Rapport
Johannesburg – A week ago, the Steenkamp family attended Good Friday Holy Communion in Griekwastad. A few hours later Deon Steenkamp, 44, his wife Christelle, 43, and daughter Marthella, 14, were shot and killed in their house on the farm Naauwhoek.
Don, 15, the only surviving member of the family, told police that he was working in an outside barn at the time of the shooting and after hearing the shots, had gone up to the house to find he bodies of the rest of his family.
A member of the congregation told Rapport that Don had apparently had a fight with his father at the church about the fact that he wanted to farm and not go to school.
Over the last week, wild rumours circulated about the family tragedy. Questions were asked about why thousands of rands that were in an open safe, were not taken from the house and nothing else was missing either.
It was also stated that the incident looked less like a farm murder and more like some kind of family tragedy.
Legal counsel was apparently appointed for Don to protect him against “wild rumours”.
According to the latest rumours, the shooter may be one of the deceased.
A retired police detective told reporters that Don’s version of events did not make sense.
Police teams have been back to the farm for additional forensic investigations.