Good Samaritan stabbed to death

2012-02-01 10:23

Pretoria - A good Samaritan has been murdered in Centurion, allegedly by a Zimbabwean man whose family he was helping.

Smartryk Treurnich, 37, was stabbed to death on Monday.

Treurnich was a pianist who performed professionally for seven years before becoming a stock broker. He and his wife, Isabell, also ran a public aid organisation called Collective Inheritance, which assisted people in need.

She said this included helping a family of Zimbabwean refugees find accommodation in Wierdapark, Centurion.

Domestic violence

Last week, the father of the family threatened to kill his wife and she ran away. He was convinced that the Treurnichs knew where she was.

Although they denied this, he was not convinced and on Monday morning Treurnich was apparently stabbed to death when he went to the Wierdapark house.

His wife said she got a call from the Zimbabwean man during the morning.

He said to her: “I have your husband. Give me my wife then I will give you your husband.”

When she again denied knowing where his wife was, he put down the phone. It would appear, however, that her husband was already dead at this time.

On her Facebook page on Tuesday, several friends recounted what a wonderful person her husband was.

One friend wrote: “If it can be said that one person succeeded in dreaming his dream, living it and dying for it, then surely there has only been one such a person and that was Smartie. He lived to serve others and also died for it.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

Police spokespeople Constable Nare Setati and Captain Agnes Huma could not confirm Treurnich’s murder.

They were also unable to say whether the suspect was still on the run, reported Gerhard Pretorius.

  • Grimmister - 2012-02-01 10:32

    and we ask where does xenophobia come from. Surely the government can open their eyes and realise the problem this country has with foreigners. The news has been filled lately with Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Malawians, Ethiopians...etc.. My condolences goes out to the family of Smartryk...a samaritan killed helping others..

      Joe - 2012-02-01 11:15

      It is so typical, always the people that you help that will stab you in the back. This government needs to wake up and see what all this illegal immigrants are doing to this wonderful country.

      Motho - 2012-02-01 11:17

      There is everybody-foreigners from everywhere in their thousands here, unemployed, undocumented,etc. How are they supposed to survive? IS SOUTH AFRICA STILL A SAFE COUNTRY TO LEAVE IN?

      Irene - 2012-02-01 11:26

      The words of Albert Schweitzer come to mind.

      Fredster - 2012-02-01 11:44


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  • Garth - 2012-02-01 10:38

    Useless savage. I'll scratch your back, you stab me in mine.

  • Nic Bennetts - 2012-02-01 10:44

    Love that the police can't confirm that a murder took place. Did the victim run into a knife accidentally a few times? Political correctness is cripiling our perception of the severity of crime.

      TJ - 2012-02-01 12:30

      They more then likely still haven't sent an investigating officer nor opened a case yet. It could take them a few months to pull their thumbs out of their butts and by that time they will have forgotten. If it eventually does get to court, the case will be dismissed due to insufficient evidence (because the idiot investigating officers did not do their work, they they are paid by us to do, properly) Been there, got the t-shirt.

  • KayMoruane - 2012-02-01 10:45

    And sum say this barbarians are good people! savages...let the xenophobia start & you feel for them. RIP my brother

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-01 10:53

    Condolences to the family. Can't help noticing the poor guys name, Smartryk Treurnich, and the ironic undertones therein. Another incident where the "no good deed goes unpunished" saying is somehow made true

      JoeLeboe - 2012-02-01 11:12

      Yes, ol' Smartie as we called him, had a weird name, but a salt of the earth person. He was a brilliant share broker. He taught me in 2 months how to trade Alsi futures and I made R250 000 in 6 months after that. We will all miss him dearly.

  • winston.mullany - 2012-02-01 10:57

    Makes you wonder when something like this happens it paints a poor picture for everybody else. One mans good deeds get trampled by some chop who has no value for life. Hope he hangs(wishful thinking of course)!

  • Karabo - 2012-02-01 11:06

    Government has to say something. Xenophobia is when 'they' are wronged - what is it called when they wrong us South Africans. Campaign it and have a law protecting South Africans against immigrants!

      hlomza.malilis - 2012-02-02 09:20

      I agree, we can't live in fear of people who have their own country but want to ruin ours. It's sad though that the person who was trying to do right was killed for nothing.Something must be done for our country to be more secure!!!! Let's campaign this.

  • braamc - 2012-02-01 11:10

    African savages

  • Pieter - 2012-02-01 11:11

    En so ook die naam, Smartryk... Treurnich... Sorrowful, weeps not. What a shame. Can't trust anyone in this country. That someone should get murdered because they have goodness in their heart. Damn it all.

  • Motho - 2012-02-01 11:13

    We are already seeing more crimes that are committed by the foreigners that re in SA in their thousands. You raise this issue, its labelled as Xenophobia. Are the SA citizens supposed to fold their arms when their country is being destroyed by the foreigners who pass through our borders like a flowing river? IT IS TIME FOR SOUTH AFRICANS TO STAND UP AND PROTECT THEMSELVES AND THEIR COUNTRY.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 11:16

    Their is NO point in helping the majority of these people, they must go back to Zim, they only come here to cause trouble. Hope they catch this sick animal and put him down like rabbid animal he is! RIP and condolences

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 11:20

      South Africa is for South Africans, 1st and foremost!

  • Sharon - 2012-02-01 11:17

    We need Brad Nathanson to investigate ..him and his team do very well, they will catch this dude and help put him away. R.I.P Smartie, why kill the person who is helping your people ???????????

  • Ofentse - 2012-02-01 11:21

    LET ME SEE IF I UNDERSTAND ALL THIS... If you cross the North Korean Border illegally you get 12 years hard labor. If you cross the Iranian Border illegally you are detained indefinitely. If you cross the Afghan Border illegally, you get shot. If you cross the Saudi Arabian Border illegally you will be jailed. If you cross the Chinese Border illegally you may never be heard from again. If you cross the Venezuelan Border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed. If you cross the Cuban Border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot. HOWEVER If you cross the South African Border illegally you get ? a job, ? a drivers license ? a pension card ? welfare ? credit cards ? subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house ? a free education ? free health care. Perks include ü weapons of your choice. And in South Africa you can ü murder ü use drugs ü drink and drive ü steal ü rape BUT PLEASE South Africans DON’T SMOKE - in public it is illegal

      ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-01 11:34

      YUP, true story, I am afraid

      Hotkop - 2012-02-01 12:51

      The border fence's electric wires was set to Lethal. In 1994 they shut it off cause it was the white man's evil creation.

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-02-01 11:37

    This is truly tragic. Often true heroes pay the ultimate price. Rest in Peace hero.

  • Lorenzo - 2012-02-01 11:45

    Wow, that is revolting. We need to stop being so compassionate to illegal immigrants. Kick them all out! They have destroyed their own countries, and now are destroying ours in typical African style.

  • Dustin - 2012-02-01 11:50

    Our governments silent policy has done much to increase the influx of Zimbabwean refugees. WE took no decisive action against a neighbour who was ultimately committing the most heinous of human rights violations against his people. Many say it is not our place or our business, but actually it is Zimbabwe is so close to us that obviously these people would flock across our borders, even if they are illegal and get deported they will try and come back, because even though everyone whines and moans about the state of South Africa its still much better than Zim. Our leaders need to take notice and address this problem, soon or we will see more and more of these occurrences. My condolences to the family and any other family who has been affected by this foreign plague.

  • Michelle - 2012-02-01 12:03

    Ironic how they bite the hand that feeds them!!!

      drishworth - 2012-02-01 12:28

      Spot on Michelle. As part of the human race I would like to be compassionate to my fellow man but sadly I have become very cynical and have closed my door on the supposed needy - how many times have we read of good, kind caring people paying with their lives for being excatly that? A generous elderly lady in Parkview was strangled just this past week - and the list goes on. This is a sad story and deepest condolences to the Treuenich family.

  • Tracy - 2012-02-01 12:27

    Wow... now because of the deeds of one violent madman, all Zimbabweans are evil. Need i remind you folks that crimes like these are performed by South Africans and foreigners alike? My heart bleeds to see how South Africans are so thirsty for blood, and it bleeds to see that the death of this great man has served to hurt the people he tried to help. That said, i can't think of a punishment harsh enough for this criminal. People like him are the reason there are so few good samaritans in this world. My heart goes out to his family and friends. I'm sorry you lost your loved one so suddenly. May he rest in peace.

  • Dane - 2012-02-01 12:49

    About time to close SA's borders! My condolences go out to the family.

  • Malcolm - 2012-02-01 13:19

    I have read and been witness time and again (myself included) to the majority of South Africans and Africans in general being abominably cruel, callous, hate-filled, greedy and totally without remorse for any of their evil deeds. Missionaries and Nuns have been slaughtered in their hundreds whilst helping these exceedingly ungrateful people. Education, position, social standing or wealth is immaterial to their despicable degree of terrorising. This latest incident of disgraceful murder confirms the true heart of the people and warns us yet again to beware of the mortal danger we place ourselves in when trying to improve the hardened attitudes of an increasingly evil nation.

      drishworth - 2012-02-01 14:22

      @Malcolm, I echo your sentiments. As I said in a post yesterday, we seem to be a nation that has lost it's soul. The barbarism in this country is beyond comprehension - a nation that has so much and yet seems to be hell bent on destroying itself.

  • kobie.nel1 - 2012-02-01 13:31

    This type of thing is just what strengtined my racism. White man help black, black kill white man. And don't tell me it is not the standard way it goes, because I KNOW that from years of intellegent living in South Africa. And to help with PC and bleeding hearts and liberals. They will die blind to reality.

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-02-01 13:33

      That is not "and to help" but "TO HELL" with PC....

      Corne - 2012-02-01 18:09

      Why not give aid to poor Afrikaners/Whites rather? Shame to see this happen to good people.

  • Brett - 2012-02-01 13:38

    Why would anyone want to help these savage creatures anyway?

  • Mefi - 2012-02-01 14:45

    Mix with the pics, you'll get eaten by the pics!

  • dewaltk - 2012-02-01 18:25

    Thanks to everyone for the messages, he was my uncle and very dear to the entire family. He will be missed by everyone who's hearts he touched.

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-02 13:38

      Deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Fred - 2012-02-02 05:28

    Thieves get rich, and saints get shot

  • Elle-Black - 2012-02-02 08:12

    And when you highlight the fact that these people bring nothing positive to the country you are called a xenophobe and are reminded of what their countries did for SA during apartheid. I could be wrong but I dont recall millions os SA citizens flooding neighboring countries and commiting all sorts of crimes

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-02 13:37

    Send them home to their bloody countries!!!!!!!!! Condolences to the family on their loss.

  • Thandi Sithole - 2012-02-11 09:39

    It was vvery sad to read this article. Smartryk was mine and my sister's piano teacher when we were kids about 12- 13 years ago. She forwarded this article to me. All our condolences to his wife and the rest of his family. As a teacher he was a ball of energy and amusement and we've never forgotten him. I'm also glad to hear that he was helping people, I want to be in the same lline of work one day as a human rights lawyer, and knowing someone I once looked up to doing it, inspires me. It was also very sad to read the comments as many had terms such as 'savages' 'justifies my racism' etc. Not all black people are violent. I actually left South Africa to go overseas because it seems to be the one country that just won't let racism go. I'm not pro black, white, coloured. I just dream of coming home to a country that sees my name and achievements, not my race.

      Engela - 2012-02-12 06:54

      Amen sister!! i left too but would love to come back, wouldn't it be the best thing ever if whites and blacks lived in harmony!!! If i had one wish that would be it!! We all deserve a piece of heaven on earth!

  • Johann - 2012-03-31 09:52

    Irene I agree with you and make no mistake he was a great philanthropist

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