Piketberg Strandfontein

[FILE] The Piketberg community handed a petition to authorities on Friday. Photos: Supplied / Facebook / Richard Makka Smit.

Piketberg killer cop indicted, will face trial in Cape Town High Court

Smit allegedly killed his girlfriend, Natasha Booise, in front of her son and family. He will make his next appearance in the High Court.

Piketberg Strandfontein

[FILE] The Piketberg community handed a petition to authorities on Friday. Photos: Supplied / Facebook / Richard Makka Smit.

Richard ‘Makka’ Smit, the former police officer who is accused of killing his girlfriend with his service pistol, appeared in the Piketberg Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 4 October, possibly for the last time in this matter.


National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila said Smit was served with an indictment and summary of facts by the State on Thursday and his case was transferred to the High Court of South Africa: Western Cape Division.

Smit, who was employed as a Constable at the Piketberg South African Police Service (SAPS) at the time of the alleged murder, will make his first appearance in the Cape Town High Court on 25 November for a pre-trial conference. He resigned weeks after

Smit is charged with assault, murder, attempted murder, driving under the influence of alcohol, handling a firearm while under the influence of alcohol, and pointing of a firearm.



As previously reported, the victim, Natasha Booise, 32, was walking with her family along Main Road, Piketberg on 2 January when the accused arrived at the scene. He allegedly killed her in front of her family and son, who was 10 years old at the time.

Smit allegedly pulled up with two women passengers in his Blue Renault Sandero and came to a halt near Booise. He called her over and demanded to know why she hadn’t answered her phone. He then grabbed her hand, which resulted in the assault charge.

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Natasha Booise was allegedly gunned down by a police officer on 2 December. Image: Facebook / Justice for Natasha Boise from Piketberg

“A verbal altercation ensued whereafter the deceased managed to get away. While she was walking away from the accused, he proceeded to fire several shots in her direction as well in the direction of Ms Roslin Kaaiman,” read the State’s summary of facts.

Kaaiman ran to a nearby petrol station in an attempt to get away from the accused. He then followed her and pointed at her with his Z88 9mm pistol.

According to a charge sheet seen by The South African, Smit allegedly threatened Roslin Kaaiman by saying “Ek skiet vir jou vrek” (I’ll shoot you dead) on the day of the attack, as previously reported.

The police arrived at the scene shortly after the incident and seized the pistol and took Smit to a hospital where his blood was drawn for an alcohol report.

According to Count 4 of the indictment, which refers to driving under the influence of alcohol, Smit had a blood alcohol reading of 0,20 grams per 100 millilitres. The legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit for drivers in South Africa is 0,05 grams per 100 millilitres.

An autopsy on Booise’s body revealed that she died of her gunshot wounds.