Health department probes Van Breda case

2015-02-27 08:02
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Cape Town - The Western Cape health department has launched its own investigation into the gruesome murders of the Van Breda family in Stellenbosch in January, after a TV station obtained a recording of a call to emergency services.

Netwerk24's Samantha van den Berg reported on Friday that the department called in the independent forensic investigation unit after the five-minute recording of a call by Henri van Breda, 20, was broadcast on eNCA on 30 January.

His parents, Martin, 54, and Teresa, 55, and older brother Rudi, 22, were found murdered in their house on the upmarket De Zalze golf estate on 27 January. His sister, Marli, 16, was seriously injured and remains under police guard in hospital.

Police are investigating and have yet to make any arrests.

A spokesperson for the health department said the breach of confidential information is seen in a serious light, and the leak is being treated as a matter of urgency.

The result of the investigation will determine what disciplinary action will be taken against those responsible for the leak, according to the report.


Henri remains in the care of relatives, and has been the subject of widespread speculation after allegations that he was a drug addict and reports that his injuries could have been self-inflicted. He only made the call to emergency services four hours after the attack, telling family members he had been knocked out during the incident.

Stellenbosch community newspaper Eikestadnuus reported that two eyewitnesses saw Henri at a shopping centre earlier in January, where he apparently made a noise and exposed himself. He and another man were thrown out of a bottle store and left the centre. He was clearly under the influence of something, the witnesses said.

However, family spokesperson Ben Rootman said he was not aware of the incident. He previously said that allegations do not help in solving the case.

Meanwhile, Rootman also confirmed that Martin, Teresa and Rudi have finally been laid to rest, after the bodies were released to the family and a private cremation service was held.

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