Charity director and pianist Smartryk Treurnich 37 stabbed to death by Zim refugee he cared for through Collective Inheritance charity
Memorial Service For Smartryk Treurnich at Hatfield Christian Church on Friday 3 Feb 2012 @ 10h00, 551 Genl Louis Botha Drive Waterkloof Glen 0181
2012-01-31 CENTURION - The charity director Smartryk Treurnich, 37, was stabbed to death allegedly by a Zimbabwean man whose family he had provided housing for throught the charity Collective Inheritance.
Mr Treurnich was a pianist who performed for seven years in theatres and became a realtor. He and wife Isabell also ran a non-profit charity, Collective Inheritance.
They helped needy people. Mrs Treurnich said they had also taken in a Zimbabwean refugee family, providing them with a home in Wierdapark smallholdings, Centurion.
A week before the talented Afrikaner pianist and charity-director was stabbed to death, the father of this refugee-family had threatened to kill his wife - and the woman had run away in great fear. The man, convinced that Mr Treurnich knew where the threatened wife had fled to, confronted Mr Treurnich, and stabbed him to death in the Wierda Park home where his refugee-family had been provided with free lodgings.
Mrs Treurnich's life is also in danger: she said the suspected killer had phoned her after the stabbing, and had told her: "I have your husband, give me back my wife and then I will give you back your husband'.
However by the time the suspect spoke to her, her husband was already dead, it was established later. Mrs Treurnich again tried to convince the murder-suspect that she did not know the whereabouts of the man's wife.
Strangely: the SAPS was approached for confirmation by Beeld newspaper: yet neither const. Nare Setati nor capt Agnes Huma were able to confirm
that there had even been such a murder. They also were unable to say whether the suspect was arrested, noted local journalist Gerhard Pretorius: