'Trying times' for Van Breda family

2015-02-19 14:33
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Cape Town - Marli van Breda, 16, who survived a brutal axe attack on her family in Stellenbosch in January, is making "good progress", a family spokesperson told News24 on Thursday.

Her parents, Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and elder brother Rudi, 22, were found murdered in their house on the upmarket De Zalze golf estate on 27 January. Her brother, Henri, 20, was the only other survivor.

"Marli's condition is stable and she is making good progress - she shows movement on both sides of her body. She is not talking yet but is showing emotions and recognises close family from photographs," family spokesperson Ben Rootman told News24.

"The medical and support teams are doing exceptionally good work for which the family is extremely grateful. They realise that her recovery is a long-term process and all attention is focused on this."


Meanwhile, Rootman would not comment on widely reported allegations that Henri is a drug addict and the injuries he sustained in the attack were self-inflicted.

"The case is being investigated by the South African police and any enquiries in this regard must be directed to them.

"Allegations do not add to solving the case and should people have information they should pass this on to the South African police," Rootman said.

He added that Henri is coping, and is receiving counselling and being monitored.

"It is trying times for the family but they are coping under the circumstances," Rootman told News24.

Die Son reported on Thursday that police have not had easy access to Henri to question him over the attack, despite having many questions about the incident. He is now staying with family in Gordon's Bay. According to a police source, Henri has a legal team which is limiting access to him.

The source also indicated that Henri showed no sign of being under the influence of drugs when he was questioned by police on the day of the murders.

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