Family refuse to respond to speculation surrounding son’s role in grisly Stellenbosch murders

2015-01-30 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Three days after the horrific murders of members of a ­prominent Stellenbosch family, the police have still not given any details on progress with the investigation.

Detectives yesterday occupied the family’s home on the De Zalze Golf ­Estate, but they had no answers to the many questions surrounding the ­murders of Martin (55), Teresa (54) and Rudi van Breda (22).

The Van Breda couple’s daughter, Marli (16), is still fighting for her life in the Vergelegen Mediclinic after she was hit in the head and neck with an axe. The blow to her neck severed a main artery.

The couple’s middle son Henri (20) is the only member of the family found without any injuries in the blood-spattered family home on ­Tuesday morning. He was taken to the home of a friend of the family and later interrogated by the police.

The family’s attorney Don Bosman said Henri is currently staying with an uncle in Stellenbosch. “We prefer for the media not to get in touch with him for obvious reasons,” Bosman said.

He was only willing to say Henri was doing “reasonably well under the ­circumstances”.

He said the uncle would decide if Henri needs counselling and appoint a person if necessary.

Amid intense speculation and gossip about what could have led to the grisly multiple murders in the luxury home, other family members have to start planning the funerals.

Bosman did not want to say where the family would meet because of the “sensitivity of the matter”.

The funeral arrangements will be made public in a press statement.

Over speculation about Henri’s role in the murders in the media and on social platforms, Bosman only said: “We do not react to speculation. The police are busy with their investigation.”

One De Zalze resident, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she saw a matress with three large blood stains. “They were large stains, not just a few drops.”

No one has been arrested yet.

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